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Worker DID die of asbestos exposure, Bolton inquest hears

mesothelioma from topasbestosremoval.comAn inquest has recently heard that a man who died in September has a died from an asbestos-related cancer.

John Devine was employed by a company from 1954 to 1980 and had a history of working with asbestos and asbesos-related materials.

The Bolton inquest was told that in July Mr Devine, aged 79, had written a statement — read out in court — detailing his working life in Little Lever where he was exposed to asbestos.

Although provided with gas masks, the workers, according to Devine, were never given any warning or rules relating to the dangers of asbestos.

Devine was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May – a cancer well known to be caused by exposure to asbestos.

Chemotherapy was started but discontinued when Devine became too ill for the treatment. He died at a hospice on 21st September.

Pathologist Dr Patrick Waugh confirmed that Mr Devine was suffering from heart disease, but had died as a result of malignant pleural mesothelioma and confirmed this would be “undoubtedly” as a result of his expose to asbestos during his working life.

Deputy coroner Alan Walsh said Mr Devine had died as a result of an industrial disease.

January 2, 2013 at 7:44 am | Asbestos Infomation, Asbestos Removal |
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Government cuts for asbestos related compensation claims

Workers with illnesses linked to asbestos are dying without compensation due to cutbacks put in place by the Government.

A new law to speed up compensation by letting sufferers claim from their employers’ insurers was agreed two years ago.

However, that new law will not come into force until – at the earliest – 2013, thanks to “shrinking departmental resources” at the Ministry of Justice.

In the three-year delay almost 15,000 people with debilitating diseases such as mesothelioma could die, the Health and Safety Executive has predicted.

Compensation lawyer Chris Shaw said: “The Government needs to rethink its decision. Many of these people do not have the luxury of being able to wait. It’s a disgrace.”

A new Ministry of Justice report said that tackling the severe economic situation meant “very worthwhile but less immediately pressing law reform projects have, in some cases, been delayed.”

April 19, 2012 at 1:07 am | Asbestos Infomation |
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Asbestos Exposure – Another Sad Story

Another sad story which highlights the dangers of asbestos exposure:

“A cycling enthusiast has died from cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, public liability insurance holders have been told.

The Rye and Battle Observer reported that Edward Seviour died last year at the age of 73, with an inquest at Eastbourne coroner’s court confirming the cause of death.

Having been a dental technician all of his life and first entering a laboratory at the age of 13, it is believed that the equipment he worked with contained the deadly material.

Coroner Alan Craze said that the large number of asbestos fibres found in Mr Seviour’s lungs were “evidence of much greater-than-average exposure during life”.

The source reported that the coroner said: “I’m entirely satisfied in every respect that this death is due to industrial disease, caused by mesothelioma, 90 per cent of cases of which are caused by asbestos and exposure was while he was at work.”

Recently the Health and Safety Executive urged public liability insurance holders to make a new year’s resolution about protecting employees from substances like asbestos.”

January 22, 2010 at 8:00 am | Asbestos Infomation |
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