03 January 2013
Cable & Wireless to face industrial disease claim
An industrial disease claim is to be launched by a man who is terminally ill after being exposed to asbestos while working for a major telecommunications company.
Tony Cock was diagnosed with the deadly condition mesothelioma last July and has undergone chemotherapy after doctors warned him that he had "an absolute maximum" of 12 months to live, The Cornishman reports.
The 59-year-old formerly worked as a plumber and decorator and believes he came into contact with asbestos during his time working at premises owned by Cable and Wireless in Porthcurno for eight years between 1975 and 1983.
Mr Cock regularly had to work in close proximity to the lethal substance as one of his main duties involved painting the site's heating pipework with asbestos lagging and claims the dust he inhaled while carrying out this job caused his terminal condition.
As such, he has now issued an appeal to his ex-colleagues in Cable and Wireless's decorating team to come forward and provide evidence and information to help him secure compensation before passing away.
"It was a messy job but you did not realise what you were working with. Asbestos was not a big issue in the 1970s. There wasn't really any health and safety - the only protection you got was a boiler suit," he explained.
The claimant insisted that he does not blame his former bosses for his contraction of mesothelioma on the basis "they were probably just as ignorant as I was".
"I don't think they would knowingly expose you to that. The pity is simple precautions would have done it," he added.
However, due to the severity of his illness, Mr Cock is now unable to leave his home and his wife Sally has had to give up her job in order to care for him.
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Posted by Francesca Witney