10 May 2012
Widow awarded £290k in industrial disease claim
A six-figure sum of compensation is set to be awarded to a widow who launched an industrial disease claim after her husband passed away due to mesothelioma.
Jean Bean has been granted damages totalling £290,000 from Bristol Water after she took legal action against the company following her husband's death from the asbestos-related illness at the age of 73 last year, the BBC reports.
Mr Bean worked as an engineer for the firm and an investigation into his passing established that he was not given any protection against inhaling lethal fibres when visiting pumping stations containing boilers with asbestos cement lagging.
An investigation found that the professional was not provided with any protective clothes or masks throughout his career with Bristol Water, which started in the 1950s and finished in 1992.
A spokesman for the organisation commented: "In modern times, stringent safety measures have been introduced to avoid the risk of hazardous substances such as asbestos being disturbed and inhaled by employees."
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Posted by Francesca Witney
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