Asbestos Justice acted for Mr. C who had retired back to live in his native country, Italy. His son, who lived in the UK, assisted by helping to get information and instructions from his father. Mr. C. was exposed to asbestos with 3 different companies during the course of his working life. He was based at Willington Power Station in Derby and worked for J. Cochrane & Sons Ltd, R. B. Hilton Ltd and Darlington Insulation Co. Ltd. He was employed as a lagger working on the boilers. His role involved lagging and delagging on a daily basis. He was, therefore, constantly exposed to asbestos dust and fibres.
Working Directly With Asbestos
He was required to remove the lagging from boilers in order to allow them to be maintained. This involved hacking the asbestos lagging off using a hammer and chisel or a mechanical chisel. This created enormous amounts of asbestos dust and fibres to be released into the air around our client as he worked. He inevitably breathed in the asbestos dust and fibres.
Mr. C. also instructed us that they would then mix powdered asbestos with water to make a cement-like mixture to reapply to the inside of the boilers. He described this as an extremely dusty task. As he poured the powdered asbestos into the buckets it would cloud up around him.
Mr. C. was also required to reapply the lagging to the pipes. This involved firstly cutting pre-formed asbestos to fit over the pipes. He used a saw to do this which created a lot of asbestos dust and fibres to be released into the air around him. He would then cover the pipes with the sections of asbestos and then cover this with a material that looked like fibre glass. The final layer was the same asbestos mixture as described above.
Mr. C. was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis whilst working at the Power Station between approximately 1963 and 1971. He was not provided with a mask and inevitably breathed in substantial quantities of asbestos dust. As a result of his exposure, Mr. C. developed asbestos related pleural thickening as a result.
We successful recovered £45,000 by way of compensation for Mr. C. as well as securing the right to return to court should his condition deteriorate at a future date.