A former employee of H.J Heinz Ltd has launched a £100,000 compensation claim against the company, after developing asbestosis.
The Brent and Kilburn Times is reporting that sixty seven year old Alan Simpson, was employed at the Heinz plant in Harlesden, where he claims he was exposed to deadly asbestos fibres at some point during his thirty year career.
Mr. Simpson, who currently lives in Milton Keynes, told the newspaper that he started work with the company shortly before his twenty first birthday as a line worker, before taking up a position as a trainee plumber in the firm’s maintenance department.
The Heinz plant which was one of the largest employers in the Brent area, closed down in the year 2000 but Mr. Simpson claims that during his time at the factory much of the pipe work there was lagged with blue asbestos, which was in a poor condition.
Mr. Simpson has now launched a claim for asbestos exposure compensation against the Wigan based company, after developing asbestosis in both of his lungs and according to a High Court writ, he is now fearful that he could develop the asbestos linked cancer, mesothelioma.
H.J Heinz Ltd has denied liability and unless a settlement can be reached in the near future, the case will be heard at the High Court in London.