Asbestos Justice successfully pursued a claim for mesothelioma compensation for Mr T and his family.
Mr T worked as a joiner for R G Carter Limited in Norfolk between 1955 and 1960 on a full-time basis and in his role he suffered regular asbestos exposure.
A detailed statement was taken from Mr T in support of his mesothelioma claim, covering his history of exposure to asbestos dust in the workplace. He could recall one of the jobs he worked on for the company was for Great Yarmouth Borough Council. He worked on the Wellington Pier Theatre, Marine Parade, Yarmouth. This job lasted for approximately 4 months as it underwent refurbishment works. He described the nature of his asbestos exposure in vivid detail.
Asbestos was used extensively on the Wellington Pier Theatre in the form of “asbestolux”. Mr T explained that this material came in 8 feet by 4 feet sheets and he would carry it with his bare hands, holding it at the edges. It was to be installed as part of the wall panelling. Mr T pulled down the old internal walls and then constructed new internal walls by creating a wooden frame work. The asbestolux was then cut to size and nailed down or drilled into place.
Mr T explained in his statement in support of his claim for mesothelioma compensation that he would cut the asbestolux to size by laying it on a trestle. He would measure the area required and then work out where he had to cut it. As he cut the asbestolux using a hand saw, a lot of asbestos dust and fibres were released. It was a very dusty job. He described his hair as being white in colour due to the asbestos dust created by his work.
Also, Mr T described using a method called scribing, which meant that he would use a sharp edge to grind through the asbestos, along the line he needed to cut through. He would rub it and rub it along the line until a groove formed and then hang the edge over the bench and snap the piece off. This again caused a lot of asbestos dust to rise into the air and this covered his work clothes, hair and skin. He would then either drill or screw these sheets into the wooden frame of the building. Again, this caused much asbestos dust to be released.
Some of the areas within the theatre were confined spaces, like small rooms, sometimes without windows or any other form of ventilation. Mr T would cut the asbestos and fix it to the wooden framework. It then had to be drilled into place.
When the edges were not visible when fixed in place, it did not matter if the edge was rough. However, when two sheets joined, he had to create bevelled edges by using a metal file to file down the asbestos to create a v-joint. This was a cosmetic joint. Mr T did this when the asbestos was on the trestle table. He would lean over this and as he did this the asbestos filings would rise into the air as he filed. He was following plans given to him by the designers. In his detailed statement, Mr T described seeing clouds of asbestos dust in the air. Sometimes a colleague would be working up a ladder, screwing the asbestos into place and Mr T would be screwing it into place underneath him. The asbestos dust created would fall down onto him from a height creating further danger.
Mr T also worked in the large theatre building making asbestos panelling out of asbestos. There would be many tradesmen in the theatre at one time, sometimes more than 20. He remembers that the painters were painting over the asbestos whilst he was working with it. There was a great deal of asbestos debris caused by all the sawing and drilling of asbestos. This would remain on the floor for sometime. Then labourers were brought in to brush up the debris. They used brushes and pans. They would brush up around Mr T as he worked. The debris was placed in wheelbarrows and wheeled into vehicles and driven away. The brushing up of the asbestos dust again released a lot of dust into the general working environment.
Mr T provided even more detailed evidence in support of his mesothelioma claim which showed that he had been exposed to harmful amounts of asbestos when working on other contracts for R G Carter Limited.
Whilst working for you the company he was never provided with any mask or respiratory equipment. He was never warned about the dangers of working with asbestos. No precautions were taken to try and lessen his exposure to asbestos, for example by dampening down the asbestos and such omissions were relied upon as proof of negligence in his mesothelioma claim.
Sadly, Mr T passed away before his mesothelioma claim settled but compensation was recovered for the benefit of his surviving widow and a sizeable sum was paid in settlement of the successful asbestos claim.
Being a joiner is just one type of occupation where the historical risks of asbestos exposure are commonly known and at Asbestos Justice we have dealt with many successful asbestos claims for sufferers of various asbestos related illnesses who suffered regular exposure to asbestos in this line of work.
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