03 January 2012
Industrial disease claim to be launched?
A family could launch an industrial disease claim after it emerged a loved one passed away due to an asbestos-related disease.
An inquest has found that Ronald Carter died due to malignant mesothelioma in October last year at the age of 81, the Rutland & Stamford Mercury reports.
Mr Carter was diagnosed with the condition in June 2011 and the examination of his body by coroner Gordon Ryhall established that he had been exposed to asbestos throughout his career as a mechanic and boiler stoker on the HMS Abercrombie.
The man began legal proceedings prior to his death on the basis that all the ship's pipes were lagged with the potentially-lethal material including in its sleeping area, meaning he and his colleagues had no escape from its effects.
Mr Ryhall commented: "The exposure during his time in the navy was very common."
Recently, the Selby Times reported that 82-year-old Thomas Sinclair died of mesothelioma after working for 27 years in various power stations.
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Posted by Francesca Witney
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