Cambridge University could be facing a lawsuit in the near future. Dr Michael Anyadike-Dane, a senior academic and researcher at Cambridge, is suing the University for exposing him to asbestos.
Tragically, the eminent researcher has been diagnosed with incurable asbestos-related mesothelioma after being exposed to an asbestos-filled corridor in the 1980s.
Specialist asbestos disease solicitors have warned that other employees could potentially suffer the same fate. This is because of the university’s alleged health and safety breaches.
Exposed in the 1980s
It is worrying to hear that people suffering from mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos as recently as the 1980s. Again this begs the question – why was the use of asbestos materials in the UK not fully banned until 1999?
Talking about his exposure, Dr Anydadike Dane stated:-
“I remember the exposed piping and crumbling asbestos that lined the ceiling of the corridor though it wasn’t until later I found that the boiler room was adjacent to the corridor which was why it was insulated with asbestos.”
At Asbestos Justice we have been successful in recovering millions of pounds of mesothelioma compensation for sufferers and their families following their exposure to airborne asbestos dust from insulated pipework. The insulation used often contained a mixture of white, brown and the most harmful form of asbestos, blue asbestos, known as crocidolite.
The terminally ill researcher first noticed symptoms of mesothelioma in 2017 when he started to suffer with a serious cough. He had various investigations at hospital. This included a pleural drainage procedure on his left lung, which led to his devastating diagnosis.
Alleged health and safety breaches
The expert added:-
“It is shocking because the dangers of asbestos were very well known by the mid-1980s and yet the university did nothing to remove it and ensure the safety of those people who used the corridor.”
In fact, all employers should have been aware that more than minimal exposure to asbestos dust could cause mesothelioma by October of 1965. This is because an article was published in the National press which discussed the dangers of asbestos. Specialist asbestos solicitors like ourselves often rely upon this to succeed in mesothelioma claims.
Too little too late
The university has now belatedly taken steps to identify asbestos at their buildings. They aim to remove this safely under controlled conditions in the near future. If these measures had been implemented earlier, Dr Anydadike Dane and others could have avoided being exposed to the deadly dust.
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