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Asbestos at work exposure leads to £85,000 being secured for telephonist

We recently secured £85,000 for a client who sadly developed the cancer mesothelioma in her right chest several decades following significant exposure to asbestos at work for the then General Post Office.

Working as a telephonist from the early 1950’s to 1970, her employer was at the time providing both a postal service and telecommunications before the GPO was abolished in 1969 to eventually become BT and Royal Mail.

Work was carried out in her work premises which involved cabling and the extensive creation of asbestos dust as the material used was drilled and asbestos cement mixed. Working in a confined space with no ventilation nor protective equipment, inhaling significant quantities of asbestos dust was unavoidable.

She enjoyed relatively good health until her late 70s when she started experiencing breathlessness. A visit to her doctor and further medical investigations sadly resulted in a diagnosis of mesothelioma of her right chest. She made the decision to pursue her previous employer for compensation as, had she not been exposed to significant quantities of asbestos at work, she would not have developed the incurable cancer mesothelioma.

We investigated her historic working conditions and collected details and evidence of the working practices taking place around her as the General Post Office put in new cabling to extend its telephone network.

We proved that her previous employer had been negligent in its duties on a number of counts which included: not providing adequate ventilation or protective equipment; failing to monitor dust levels; failing to ensure that adequate equipment was used to mix the asbestos cement to reduce the level of harmful dust, and not ensuring that the asbestos cement was mixed in a room where there were no workers.

Independent medical expert advises life shortened by nearly seven years

She sadly died just two and a half years post diagnosis leaving her husband of more than 50 years, two children and grandchildren. An independent medical expert advised that the illness had reduced her life expectancy by nearly seven years.

If you worked for the General Post Office and have been affected by mesothelioma or another asbestos related illness, you can speak to a member of our team on 0161 835 8832.
Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to

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