We have recently succeeded in recovering mesothelioma compensation for Mr T who was sadly diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer in 2018.
Employment History and Circumstances of Asbestos Exposure
1978/79 to 1979/80 – How Group Midlands Ltd
This was a pipe fitting company. Mr T’s job title was a “pipefitter’s mate”. For the entirety of his employment with the Company he was based at Thomas Cook’s Head Office in Green Park, London. They were employed to refurbish the whole building.
For the majority of his time here, Mr T worked alongside a pipefitter. His job was to assist the pipefitter by removing the asbestos lagging and cutting up the pipe work. He also had to clean the pipefitter’s tools and became a general dog’s body by assisting the pipefitter as he carried out his job.
A witness statement was taken from Mr T in support of the asbestos claim which confirmed that he was able to recall one particular job on this site, which entailed removing the old boiler in the boiler house. This meant that the old boiler unit and all the pipework connected to it needed to be removed at the same time.
This was in the basement, which was a huge area, measuring around half the size of a football pitch. There were approximately three to four boilers with miles of pipework, which led to various areas of the office block.
First of all the lagging had to be removed before the pipefitters could come down to cut and remove the pipework. Due to the huge amount of pipework there, it was easier to use the axe rather than a blade to remove the thick layers of asbestos lagging which covered the pipework and boilers.
Mr T therefore swung the axe and split the asbestos lagging down the middle before he ripped the asbestos lagging off by hand. As he did this, large clouds of asbestos dust would be visible in the atmosphere and it hung around in the air. It covered his work clothes, hair and skin and the whole process made for a very dusty, horrible working environment.
1979/80 to 1980/81 – Crown House Engineering Ltd
Mr T worked at various locations throughout London during the course of his employment, which included, Snaresbrook Crown Court for approximately a couple of months, Whitechapel Hospital for approximately six months and an American Airbase in Ipswich for a few months.
Mr T regularly came into contact with asbestos as he carried out refurbishment work. When Mr T was working at the hospital, he needed to work on various sections of pipework and remove the old asbestos lagged pipework completely. Mr T explained that he had to cut into the asbestos before removing it by hand. When he cut into the dry asbestos lagging and ripped the asbestos lagging of the pipe, this created large clouds of asbestos dust and fibres to be released into the atmosphere. As he was right over the lagging as he was doing this, he could not help but inhale large quantities of asbestos dust.
1984/85 to 1987/88 – Harlow District Council
Mr T worked on domestic properties for this council. His tasks included putting new heating systems into council houses. On the odd occasion this would mean stripping out old boilers which would have contained asbestos. It took approximately one day for Mr T and his colleagues to strip out the old boilers. This would therefore disturb any asbestos lagging and result in large amounts of asbestos dust and fibres being released into the atmosphere which he could not help but breathe in. Most houses did not have any form of heating and therefore it was only on odd occasions that they needed to remove the old boiler.
Sometimes, Mr T needed to remove pipework that would be contained on the ducting of the fireplace. Mr T believed that the pipework was covered in asbestos lagging on a number of occasions. To remove this he would have to remove the lagging first and then the pipework. When removing any lagging it would be very dusty. The Claimant therefore could not help but inhale the asbestos dust.
When working for all of his employers, Mr T was never provided with any warnings of the dangers of working with asbestos, nor was he provided with any form of mask to wear. This was relied upon as proof of negligence in the successful mesothelioma claim.
Not only were we successful in recovering a figure in excess of £200,000.00 in Mr T’s asbestos claim, we have also secured an agreement from the Defendants to pay his private treatment costs in the future. Mr T is currently participating in an immunotherapy drug trial and we wish him all the best.
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