The bosses of Stalybridge engineering firm Vernon & Roberts have been ordered to hand over £60,000 to the widow of Frederick Hughes who sadly died of mesothelioma after being exposed to working with asbestos at the firm.

The company directors as reported in Hazards Magazine, pocketed assets of £250,000 when they closed the company.  The court has ordered the two directors to pay £60,000 out of their own pockets.  The company had been insured with the Federated Insurance Company that ceased trading some years ago.

The wife of the deceased was then forced to bring court proceedings against the former directors personally.

This is a very satisfying result and highlights the difficulties in securing compensation for many sufferers and their families.