In excess of £430,000 has been paid out in compensation to two asbestos victims from north east Wales.

The money has been received by a caretaker and a decorator after they were exposed to the potentially deadly substance in the former Clwyd County Council area since 2012, according to information released under the Freedom of Information Act.

It is believed that these two cases are just the tip of the iceberg with hundreds more across the region and the rest of Wales estimated to be suffering with the debilitating, and in some cases deadly, conditions of asbestosis or mesothelioma.

In 2012/13, £256,000 was paid out after a painter-decorator was exposed to asbestos dust whilst working on council buildings.

Last year another £181,000 was paid out after a caretaker working at a school was exposed to asbestos fibres, making a total of £437,000 for the two cases.

They were the only ones recorded in the Clwyd County Council area since 2010 and no details were revealed where or when the exposures had taken place. Flintshire Council paid out the compensation on behalf of the former Clwyd area which also encompassed Wrexham and Denbighshire.

No cases have been recorded in North West Wales counties since 2010. Asbestos was widely used to insulate and fire proof houses in the 1960s. However it was discovered inhaling loose asbestos fibres could cause chronic lung conditions or even death and was finally banned in 1999.

Flintshire Council told the Daily Post: “The very nature of asbestos related illnesses means that the original exposure to asbestos dust/fibres will have occurred many years ago (typically 25 to 30 years).

“There have been two insurance claims received by Flintshire resulting in payments during the past five years.

“Both claims are in respect of people who worked for the former Clwyd County Council and both claims have been paid by the insurers on risk at the time of the exposure.

“Flintshire is involved only because of its role as the lead authority for dealing with the administration of outstanding liabilities of the former Clwyd County Council.”

Figures by the Health and Safety Executive showed between 2010-12 in Wales, there was a death rate of 50 per million people from mesothelioma.

Jo Barnes-Mannings helped set up the group, Asbestos Awareness and Support Cymru (AASC), after her father, a fit and healthy carpenter, died at the age of 62 from mesothelioma, after working as a youngster in a factory which made fireplaces in the 1960s.

“When my father was diagnosed, he was told he only had between 6-12 months to live, it was a terrible shock.

“No amount of money can compensate for the loss of life and the pain it causes,” she said.

“It is expected the problem will get worse, and is expected to peak between 2016-2020.

Jo added: “Asbestos claims twice as many lives in Wales as RTC’s (road traffic crashes) Nigel Davies, from Wrexham, told how he fears he was exposed to the deadly substance when contractors drilled through a council property he was renting: “It looked like a nuke had gone off personnel in white suits, oxygen masks the property sealed up.

“I was absolutely gutted and all I could think off was my daughter. Being an ex-painter and decorator, I’m aware of the dangers of asbestos and how it can affect your health.

“Thankfully the council have now changed its ways and carries out asbestos checks before major work is carried out but I still worry to this day of inhaling in this asbestos but won’t know until something happens to my health.”

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