A former factory worker has won a substantial asbestos claim after becoming seriously ill from exposure to the deadly fibres.
The pensioner from Preston worked for Leyland Motors during the 1950s. Throughout his five years of work there as a teenage engineer, he was repeatedly exposed to asbestos. He was part of a team of workers who made parts for large vehicles including buses. He spent a considerable amount of time on or under large pipes covered in asbestos and can remember dust which carried the deadly asbestos spores filling the air. He left the engineering profession after working at the plant and went on to have a successful career in the public sector.
The Lancashire Evening Post has reported that the 72 year old developed mesothelioma in 2006, some fifty years since working at Leyland Motors. After complaining to doctors of a persistent cough and chest pains he underwent tests and eventually was successfully diagnosed. Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer which attacks the lining of the lungs and is only caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.
His claim for compensation was not disputed and the insurance company agreed to pay damages. He was awarded a settlement figure of £162,000.