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Mesothelioma -Man dies after exposure to asbestos at Portsmouth Dockyards

An 80-year-old man has died from mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos.

The exposure to asbestos happened when he was working at Dockyards in Portsmouth.

Winchester Coroners Court heard how the man was subject to exposure to asbestos. His death occurred after a short but tough battle with mesothelioma.

Exposure to asbestos occurred when he was working at Portsmouth Dockyard. Between 1953 and 1958 he was an Apprentice Shipwright.

In a statement made before his death,  he states he worked on several ships. He would help to remove asbestos lagging as part of refits and refurbishments to the ships.

He also said that the pipes within the areas he was working were lagged with asbestos. Masks were not provided and warnings about the dangers of asbestos not given. The areas in which he was working were incredibly dusty with little ventilation.

Mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of Cancer

It most commonly affects the pleura but can also affect peritoneum. The Latency period (time before the onset of symptoms) is thought to be around 40 years. But, can be longer or shorter.

In the later years of the latency period, the victim will have a tumour growing inside them. But, will be unaware of its presence.

Once diagnosed the victim will have a median survival time of 9-12 months.

Johnathan Steventon-Kiy, specialist Industrial Disease, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Lawyer says,

“It is well known that asbestos was used on board ships due to its hard wearing and heat resistant properties. Refits and refurbishments would often take place once ships had returned to the dockyards after a voyage. Unfortunately, a large number of the workforce undertaking this type of work were exposed to asbestos without any warnings and/or protection. It is only decades later that the true, and terrible extent of this neglect, is fully established when, in a lot of cases, these poor workers lose their lives.”

Johnathan Steventon-Kiy and the Industrial Disease team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who suffer from industrial diseases, including asbestos related illnesses. If you, a family member or a friend suffer from an industrial disease contact our team today on 02392 483 322. 

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