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Asbestos in Workplace Led to Death of Barrow Shipyard Workers

South and East Cumbria Coroner, Mr Ian Smith concluded on 11 May 2014 that two men died from the industrial asbestos related disease, Mesothelioma. 

Evidence was heard that both Mr Thomas Malcolm Kendall and Mr Joseph Edward Cherry, both of Barrow were exposed to the deadly asbestos fibres during their employment. In the case of Mr Cherry, who was a former apprentice at the Barrow Shipyards, Coroner Mr Smith said “We know he was exposed to asbestos because he told his family that he was exposed while working at the Shipyard. It is typical of what I have heard before, sadly hundreds of times.”

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of lung cancer and the only known cause is as a result of exposure to asbestos.  

It’s commonly known that workers like Mr Cherry would have been exposed to asbestos as a result of the work they performed, and this exposure would have been on a regular and constant basis. No protection, precautions or warnings of this deadly exposure to asbestos would have been provided to workers like Mr Cherry or his colleagues or to anyone else working within this vicinity.

The deaths of both Mr Kendall and Mr Cherry are tragic and unfortunate and had the necessary health and safety warnings and precautions been provided, their deaths may not have occurred.

Barrow Shipyards was a known working environment where asbestos materials were used in the form of asbestos lagging and insulation.

Our Asbestos Compensation Solicitors have successfully represented thousands of workers from this and other industrial sites around the UK who were exposed to asbestos at work, and later developed an asbestos related disease.  

Sadly, there was an asbestos case in the news recently about a worker who suffered from the fatal asbestos disease Mesothelioma. He was unable to claim compensation because his Mesothelioma claim was brought just a few days too late; as there are time limits in place for all asbestos disease claims.

In order to facilitate any future asbestos compensation claim, anyone exposed to asbestos materials at work or at home, particularly prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and fibres, should register any exposure as soon as possible on the Slater and Gordon UK Asbestos Register. Simply complete the form online or for assistance call Dominic Smith on 0161 383 3527 or freephone 0800 916 9046 to register your exposure.

Helen Wilson is an Asbestos Compensation Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.

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