Asbestos Justice succeeded in recovering £240,000.00 in mesothelioma compensation for Mrs B who sadly lost her husband to the incurable asbestos related cancer.
Mr B worked as a mechanic for Trident Garages Limited from 1966. The Defendant’s workshop was based on Guildford Road, Ottershaw, Surrey.
During 1970 a new workshop and showroom were built. Builders came in to extend the building. One wall of the asbestos walls was dismantled and a concrete extension built on the side of it. Mr B could remember the builders holding the asbestos sheets and carrying them away. They measured 6 feet by 4 feet and were about 3/8 inch in thickness. The sheets were semi-corrugated. There was a lot of dust in the air as the workers demolished the asbestos wall, because some of the asbestos panels broke as they took them down. While this work was going on Mr B continued to work around the builders. The dust from the demolition work got everywhere, and Mr B’s overalls became covered in it. Mr B had to lie on the floor in the dust whilst he was working on the cars. The dust was visible in the air and got everywhere. The building work went on for a couple of months at least.
In the 1970s a suspended ceiling was installed in the workshop. Mr B was present when the suspended ceiling was installed. It was a very dusty job and he was present when the boards were sawn on the ground, with hand saws.
In support of the mesothelioma claim, Mr B provided a detailed statement covering how he had suffered this passive exposure to asbestos but he also explained that he experienced direct exposure to the harmful material as his work as a mechanic involved working on normal saloon cars. Part of his duties involved changing break pads within the workshop and the pads contained asbestos materials.
The vehicles would be jacked up and Mr B would be on his knees working on the brakes after the wheel was removed. Until about the late 1970s there were drum brakes on the rear wheels and the brake shoe would run around the drum and asbestos dust would fall off the brake shoe into the drum. Mr B explained in his statement that he would take the drum off, take the shoe out and then use an airline to blast the asbestos brake dust out of the drum. The drums would be caked in asbestos brake dust. When it was blasted off with the airline the asbestos brake dust would fly into the air forming a cloud. It would settle on Mr B and he walked through the asbestos dust continually which caused it to rise up into the air. The airlines were in use until the early 1990s, although by the 1980s he had ceased suffering exposure to asbestos materials which had been phased out over time.
By this time, it was too late as Mr B had already been substantially exposed to asbestos dust over a lengthy period of time, leading to his diagnosed mesothelioma in later life.
As is commonly noted in a claim for mesothelioma compensation such as this, at no time was Mr B provided with any protective respiratory equipment. He was not provided with a mask and was not warned of the dangers of inhaling asbestos dust. Such allegations were made in support of the mesothelioma claim which succeeded for the benefit of Mr B’s widow who sadly lost her husband to the incurable condition.
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