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Widow seeks compensation for her husband who died from lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure

We recently represented the widow of a man who worked as a boiler man in power stations from the mid 1960’s. His job involved maintaining and repairing boilers and removing lagging and refractory materials.

He also repaired pipes, valves and lagging and often worked in small, poorly ventilated and confined areas with no protection provided by his employer. Despite the areas he worked in being filled with asbestos, he was never provided with any warnings of the potential risks involved.

Asbestos is only harmful if disturbed and inhaled and in these circumstances our client’s husband had been exposed to significant quantities of the substance as his job often required him to cut and remove pipes disturbing the material along the way.

Diagnosed with lung cancer some 35 years after he started working as a boiler man, he experienced a painful 17 month period of increased breathlessness and discomfort before he sadly died.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, up to 20 people could be dying from lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure every week. Those affected are predominantly tradespeople including electricians, builders, plasterers and plumbers. Individuals who have or are working within the shipbuilding and insulation industries could also risk exposure.

Although asbestos use for building purposes was banned in 1999, it is estimated that as many as half a million buildings still contain asbestos in this country.

We pursued no less than three defendants who we believed were responsible for the health and safety of our client’s husband arguing that they had failed to adequately protect him from the risks which ultimately led to his death.

Our team of occupational disease specialists have extensive experience in these matters and understand the upset an asbestos related diagnosis can cause both to the individual affected, and their families. Contact a member of our team for sensitive and confidential advice.

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

Find out more about our Occupational Disease department

Written by Jon Andrews. Find out more about Jon here. 

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