A man is making an industrial disease claim after suffering from lead poisoning from being exposed to toxic levels of the metal.
Richard Jones worked as a technician at Norwich City College between 1982 and 1985. During this period he was working in the college’s heating and plumbing department. Throughout his employment he was allegedly exposed to catastrophic levels of the dangerous metal. The High Court in London heard that Mr Jones allegedly handled three tonnes of lead a year.
Mr Jones raised concerns at the time about the dangers of his exposure, but was told that the level of exposure he was facing was safe. This removed any fears he had, but it was only years later that the effects on his body became clear.
In 2006 Mr Jones went to donate blood. Tests on the blood found toxic levels of lead. Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, which Richard was suffering from before the tests. He was put on medication to try and eradicate the lead from his system.
He is claiming compensation from Norwich County Council – who ran the college – for his injuries. The Council however dispute the case, arguing that it has not been brought within the accepted legal time limit. The Judge at the High Court will make his decision within the next two weeks.