25 November 2009
Compensation awarded after man dies from asbestos exposure
The family of a former railway worker who died due to exposure to asbestos is to receive compensation.
BRB (Residuary), previously known as British Rail, agreed to a settlement of nearly £100,000 after Dudley Maasz passed away just over three years ago.
He had been diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005, which is one of the main complications caused by the fibres.
Mr Maasz had worked as a fireman and engine cleaner on railways in the 1940s, where the family's solicitor said asbestos was used to coat boilers and pipes.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, asbestos is responsible for around 4,000 deaths each year and Mr Maasz's brother Norman noted that he began complaining of pain in his side and shoulder before receiving the diagnosis.
"He used to sleep a lot, the pain got worse and worse and eventually he was in bed most of the time," the relative told the BBC.