11 March 2011
Compensation awarded to family after asbestos death
Compensation has been awarded to the family of a man who passed away due to an asbestos-related illness.
Miner Ray Noble died three years ago after contracting mesothelioma - a disease which affects the inner cell lining of the lungs - during his time while conducting an experiment in the Bevercotes Colliery in Yorkshire, according to the BBC.
Mr Noble worked for the National Coal Board and was part of a team tasked with experimenting on whether an asbestos-based slurry would strengthen the tunnel walls of the mine more than 45 years ago.
As a result, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) - which takes responsibility for the claims against the industry from when it was nationalised - has awarded his son and daughter a damages sum of £72,500.
It was decided that Mr Nobel had been exposed to "substantial" quantities of the substance during this project, meaning that the DECC was held responsible.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett