Kiln Worker’s Story ‘Highlights Tragic Legacy Of Asbestos Exposure’

Case Highlights Dangers Of Deadly Material


An expert at Irwin Mitchell has outlined how the tragic case of a kiln worker who died of mesothelioma highlights the continuing impact that asbestos exposure has on so many lives.

Reports in The Sentinel have revealed that an inquest into the death of 87-year-old George Harrison, who worked at Johnson’s Pottery for 37 years, ruled he died of industrial disease.

After suffering from chest pains at the start of this year, he was diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma in March. He then passed away in May.

Irwin Mitchell’s industrial disease experts represent the families of a number of people who have died as a result of illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos.

Iain Shoolbred, an associate solicitor who specialises in such cases at the law firm’s Birmingham office, said this kind of story is not an uncommon one.

He explained: “Many of the cases we act involve victims who have been exposed to asbestos in industrial settings, particularly for those who were exposed to asbestos some 30 or 40 years ago.

“We are also now seeing a growing number of cases in which people are exposed to the fibres in public buildings, including hospitals and schools, where the management of the material has not been carried out in line with the necessary standards.

“One thing that all of these cases have in common is that they show just how devastating asbestos exposure can be to both the sufferer and to their family and friends.

“As in many cases, Mr Harrison’s illness only lasted a matter of months.  It is for this reason that we would always suggest that those who wish to investigate a compensation claim see specialist solicitors as soon as possible so that a full work history can be taken”