28 September 2012
MoD worker makes industrial disease claim
A former Midsomer Norton shipwright has made an industrial disease claim after being exposed to harmful levels of the substance 50 years ago.
Peter Ellis, 72, is claiming more than £300,000 as part of High Court proceedings against the Ministry of Defence (MoD), after alleging the body needlessly exposed him to the material while he worked in the Devonport shipyards, reports the Somerset Guardian.
He was employed by the MoD from September 1956 until 1963 - leaving him exposed to asbestos dust and fibres as he refitted frigates and aircraft carriers including HMS Eagle and HMS Belfast.
Mr Ellis claimed he was not provided with any respiratory protection when he was brought in to work next to laggers who were stripping out the material then applying new insulation.
The claim stated that he developed symptoms of the industrial lung disease mesothelioma in August 2011 with breathlessness and back pain, while the condition is likely to worsen and his life expectancy has been put at 12 months.
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