Our client, Mr P of County Durham developed breathing difficulties in August 2009. Following investigations, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2010 as a result of asbestos exposure during the course of his employment.
Mr P initially worked as a test room boy prior to starting his apprenticeship with a Sunderland engineering firm. One of the tasks for the “boy” was to lag the steam engines cylinders with asbestos before testing. He would mix the asbestos to a compound by hand using rough powder with fibre and water. During the course of his apprenticeship he would be required to work in ship engine rooms overhauling his employers’ machinery. He would often work long hours whilst in close vicinity to others who would be removing or replacing asbestos from pipes and machinery.
Our client went to sea as a Marine Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy. As required, repairs to machinery at sea would have to be undertaken which may necessitate the removal of asbestos lagging, disturbing asbestos and dust to carry out the repair work.
After High Court Proceedings were commenced, Roger Maddocks of Newcastle’s workplace injury team successfully negotiated an out of court settlement of £160,000 in compensation.
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