13 September 2007
Cancer patient seeks £150k compensation
A building worker from Middleton has launched a bid for compensation after developing asbestos-related cancer, reports the Bolton News
Paul Fitton, who suffers from malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer which affects the lining of the chest or abdomen, is claiming damages of up to £150,000 from his former employer.
Mr Fitton worked for G & J Seddon as a labourer, hod carrier and cleaner for 14 years between 1965 and 1979.
He alleges that he developed the cancer after being exposed to asbestos on a number of occasions, including during his involvement in the construction of Heywood Fire Station.
The 60-year-old accuses his former employers of negligence and breaches of statutory duty.
Commercial director at G and J Seddon Keith Waddington commented: "The company expresses its regret at the situation with Mr Fitton and can confirm that the matter is being dealt with expeditiously by our insurers."
Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive.