21 May 2009
Worker gets payout after suffering kidney disease due to chemical exposure
A man who sustained damage to his kidneys as a result of chemical exposure has been awarded a substantial payout.
David Owenson worked for Polestar Greaves as a printer.
In his role, he came into contact with toluene - a clear liquid widely used as an industrial solvent for paints, oils, resins and coatings, among other things.
He would often feel dizzy and his eyes would sting as a result of the substance, which was in the air he breathed each day while at work.
Mr Owenson was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000.
The following year, he sought an expert opinion on his exposure to toluene and was told that it had had a major impact on his kidney function.
He was advised to minimise his contact with the chemical and so had to take early retirement on the grounds of ill-health.
The former printer subsequently came to a settlement with Polestar Greaves for an undisclosed sum.