Thomson Snell & Passmore has secured compensation for the widow of a former factory worker who died from mesothelioma cancer after working with asbestos at a sack producing/recycling factory.
The claimant in this industrial disease claim was the widow of a man who worked at a sack factory owned by Charles Wallis & Sons (Sacks) Limited from the age of 13. His job involved cleaning and re-using sacks which contained, among other things, asbestos.
The deceased cleaned the sacks using a ‘tumbler’ machine and then a ‘blower’ machine. When using the tumbler, the sacks were placed in a cage which rotated like a modern day tumble drier. This shook the debris out the sacks. A machine with a hose was then used to suck up any remaining contents in the sacks (the blower).
A grey asbestos dust cloud was created, and breathed in by the deceased during this process. Whilst thin paper masks were used, no other health and safety equipment was provided by the employer.
The deceased was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011 at the age of 59. The deceased originally started a compensation claim with our firm but he sadly passed away before the claim was completed. Thomson Snell & Passmore continued the claim on behalf of the deceased’s widow.
In this tragic case, Thomson Snell & Passmore claimed that the employers of the deceased were negligent in their duty of care towards the deceased as they had not sufficiently protected him from exposure to the asbestos dust. He was able to obtain compensation for the deceased’s widow to compensate her for her loss and the deceased premature death as a result of the mesothelioma.
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