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Pensioner launches industrial disease claim

Pensioner launches industrial disease claim

A pensioner has launched an industrial disease claim on the grounds his former employer's negligence resulted in him contracting an asbestos-related illness.

According to the Goole Courier, ex-labourer Bruce Cooper is seeking a significant damages settlement of up to £100,000 from Hanson Support Services after he was diagnosed with pleural thickening.

Mr Cooper's High Court writ indicates that he worked on salvage and wrecking projects at Scunthorpe Steelworks while operating for the firm in the 1960s and 1970s, which was formerly known as Edward Hanson Ltd.

The document states the 69-year-old was regularly exposed to pipework and furnaces containing asbestos.

In addition, Mr Cooper claims the company did this knowing full well the material could be harmful, yet still failed to provide him with adequate protective and safety equipment.

This comes after Jim Kennedy of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians suggested the government may ditch plans to form a £400 million fund for those affected by illnesses such as mesothelioma, the Northern Echo reported.

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Posted by Francesca Witney