Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibres which collect in the lungs. Symptoms of the disease usually start 20 to 40 years after the person first inhaled the fibres. The illness is extremely aggressive and sadly the victim in this case passed away just 3 months following his diagnosis.
The victim, Mr B, worked in the Central workshop at the Wilton Site in the North east of England. According to witnesses, Mr B supervised the removal of asbestos lagging from the ancillary pipework that fed plant machinery. This created dust that he inhaled.
Even though ICI is a large multinational company, they did little for decades to provide safety equipment to reduce and or minimise the risk of injury to those working with asbestos. The dangers of asbestos have been well documented since the 1930′s and certainly by the mid 1960′s all employers should have been aware of the need for masks and respirators for employees dealing with asbestos.
Unfortunately Mr B passed away before we had the opportunity to obtain a witness statement. However we were able to trace former colleagues who provided statements confirming how Mr B came to work with asbestos.
This case settled in less than 10 months without the need for court proceedings.
Mr B’s daughter commented ‘thank you very much for all your help in making this claim and the swift outcome.’