14 February 2012
Family to launch industrial disease claim?
An industrial disease claim could be launched by a family after it emerged that a loved one died due to an asbestos-related illness.
According to the Burton Mail, Andy Parker passed away from malignant mesothelioma on New Year's Eve 2011 after being diagnosed some eight months previously.
The 58-year-old - who used to work for the Burton Mail - regularly came into contact with asbestos during his time working on building sites as a labourer in the early 1970s, the inquest into his death revealed.
Speaking to the news source, Mr Parker's widow Sally stated that her husband was unaware he was even ill until he was diagnosed last year.
"It makes me angry, but there's nothing I can do about it and Andy was never angry and never moaned. He was very accepting that it was his time," she said.
Recently, Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck and president of the National Union of Mineworkers, called on the government to conduct a nationwide audit into how much asbestos remains in schools across the country.
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Posted by Francesca Witney
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