The family of a pensioner who passed away from an asbestos-related condition could launch an industrial disease claim on his behalf.
According to the Daily Echo, Elmo Dougherty passed away at the age of 73 in December last year and the inquest into his death has now established that his illness was caused by the fact he came into regular contact with the lethal substance throughout his career.
Mr Dougherty worked at the Fawley Oil Refinery for 25 years and worked alongside pipefitters and welders after starting at the factory in 1977.
Coroner Keith Wiseman told Southampton Coroner's Court that the professional's role resulted in him experiencing "significant exposure" to asbestos on an almost daily basis for a quarter of a century.
He subsequently developed fatal fibrosis and bronchial pneumonia, leading to Mr Wiseman to record a verdict of death by industrial illness. As such, Mr Dougherty's loved ones may decide to pursue a compensation claim.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas