04 December 2007
Widow secures pay out
The widow of a former railway worker who was exposed to asbestos through his job has been awarded "substantial damages", the Gazette & Herald reports.
In an out of court settlement, British Rail agreed to pay out damages after admitting liability for the death of Herbert Shergold.
Mr Shergold, who died from mesothelioma, had been employed at British Rail Swindon Works on and off between 1942 and 1986.
During his work in various capacities as an engine cleaner, labourer and fireman, he had operated in an area notorious for asbestos exposure dubbed A Shop.
Reportedly, a significant number of men who operated in this location, where trains were dismantled and erected, have subsequently succumbed to asbestos-related diseases.
According to statistics reported by the Trades Union Congress, asbestos is the UK's biggest workplace killer, with around 5,000 people each year dying from mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer.