06 May 2010
Widow secures compensation over industrial disease death
The widow of a man who died from an industrial disease has been awarded compensation.
At the age of 56, Ken Mitchell lost his battle with nasal cancer, which he contracted as a result of inhaling wood dust while at work, the Essex Echo reports.
He had been employed by cabinet maker E Lock & Son, where he was an apprentice in the late 1960s and 70s.
His spouse Deborah has now received a £75,000 interim payment for the fatality and is expected to get a final settlement that could run into six figures.
Commenting on her late husband, Ms Mitchell said: "He was a fantastic man and my best friend. Winning means he hasn't died in vain and hopefully the money will help our sons. Ken loved his boys."
Nasal cancer can lead to a number of symptoms, including nosebleeds, decreased sense of smell, double vision and pain above or below the eyes.