We have recently succeeded in recovering asbestos-related lung cancer compensation for Mr C who sadly lost his father to the disease as a result of his heavy history of exposure in the workplace.
Exposure to asbestos
During his working life the deceased was regularly and heavily exposed to asbestos as a heating and air conditioning engineer. He worked for several different companies over the years.
In approximately 1952/53, the deceased secured employment with a company called Winsor Engineering Co. Limited on a full-time basis as a fully qualified heating and air conditioning engineer. He worked with them until approximately 1967.
His work involved spending a lot of time working at shipyards in Greenock and on the Clyde in Scotland. This entailed having to fit air conditioning units alongside heating pipework which in those days was lagged with asbestos insulation.
The deceased would either have to remove sections of the asbestos lagging which had set into place or he would be nearby to others who were in the process of removing this themselves. This was very dusty work. The deceased would regularly have to cut the pipework away which once again resulted in a lot of asbestos dust being released into the general working environment. This work often took place in confined areas on the ships. The work was very dusty and the deceased could not help but breathe in the asbestos dust. This was a daily occurrence and this information was confirmed in the witness evidence of his son which was prepared in support of the claim for lung cancer compensation.
By the end of the day, the deceased would be covered from head to toe in all forms of dust, including asbestos dust. His overalls were not laundered by the company and he was never provided with any form of protective mask or warned of the dangers of being exposed to airborne asbestos dust.
Stone-Platt (Scotland) Limited
The deceased left Winsor and started work for a Scottish company called Stone-Platt (Scotland) Limited where he was once again employed as a heating and air conditioning engineer.
As before his work involved removing sections of the asbestos lagging which had set into place or he would be nearby to others who were in the process of removing this themselves. The deceased would regularly have to cut the pipework away which once again resulted in a lot of asbestos dust being released into the general working environment. Again he was without protection from a mask or other breathing equipment.
ABB Flakt Limited
The deceased then continued his employment as a heating and air conditioning engineer with a company which used to be called SF Air Treatment Limited but later changed its name to Flakt Limited and then finally ABB Flakt Limited. This was a huge company, which was Swedish owned.
He worked at various shipyards on board ships including those on the Clyde in Glasgow, at Cobh in County Cork, as well as at most shipyards in the Sunderland area of which there were 13 and a shipyard at Appledore in Devon for Flakt.
Despite promotion over the years, the deceased always remained hands on, and, therefore, his exposure to airborne asbestos dust continued.
A post-mortem report was carried out following the deceased’s sad passing and the cause of his death was unclear. We, therefore, raised questions of the examining pathologist under what is known as the Helsinki criteria. This is used to assist medical experts in diagnosing both asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer. The answer from the pathologist was returned positive for asbestos-related lung cancer and a significant sum of asbestos disease compensation was recovered on behalf of our client.
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