Former School Cleaner Devastated By Asbestos Cancer Diagnosis

Expert Lawyers Seek Devon Woman’s Former Work Colleagues To Assist Investigation


A former school cleaner diagnosed with a terminal asbestos-related cancer is appealing to her former work colleagues to help with an investigation into how and when she was exposed to the deadly dust. 

Hannah Scott, from Newton Abbot in Devon, received the devastating diagnosis in February this year that she is suffering from mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago.

The 69-year-old, who worked as a cleaner at Teign School in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, from 1975 to 1980, has now instructed specialist industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate her exposure to the deadly fibres. 

Mrs Scott, who is a great-grandmother to nine children, recalls significant building works taking place to construct the “A Block” during which time she was required to deep clean the area before pupils went in.  

She remembers that the “A Block” extension had asbestos fascias and soffits and there was a coloured block underneath each window which was made of asbestos board, along with asbestos stud work panelling throughout the corridors. 

Mrs Scott is now calling on former colleagues or workers who built A Block at Teign School in Kingsteignton to come forward in a bid to help her legal team at Irwin Mitchell investigate whether more could potentially have been done to protect her from the dangers of asbestos.
She said: “When I was asked to deep clean the school after all the building works had been completed there was a lot of dust left behind from the construction work which I swept up. I was never warned of the dangers of asbestos or given any protective clothing to wear.

“I started to feel unwell in October 2013, and after seeing a number of doctors and undergoing numerous tests I was diagnosed with mesothelioma and the news came as a dreadful shock to me.

“I have always been an active person and my hobbies included training guide dogs for the blind and volunteering in the local community but my illness is having a huge effect on my life.”  

Phoebe Osborne, is an expert industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell. 

Expert Opinion
Mrs Scott has always been fit and active, never before suffering any serious health or respiratory problems, but mesothelioma is a horrible illness which can develop decades after exposure to asbestos.

“Through no fault of her own, our client is now suffering from a debilitating disease which sadly has no cure, therefore we are now working to investigate how Mrs Scott was exposed to asbestos and looking to secure justice for her and her family.

“We would ask anyone who worked at Teign School in the 1970s and 1980s to come forward as any information they have may prove vital.

“Employers knew about the dangers caused by asbestos long before Mrs Scott was believed to have been exposed to the deadly dust but, despite this, she was not warned or given the appropriate clothing or equipment to protect herself.”
Phoebe Osborne, Solicitor

Anyone who has any information about the working conditions and construction of the “A Block” at Teign School, Kingsteignton, between 1975 and 1980 is asked to contact Phoebe Osborne at Irwin Mitchell on 0117 926 1549 or email

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