Inquest finds that man died from inhalation of asbestos fibres whilst at work.
An inquest has ruled that a man from Essex passed away from being exposed to asbestos.
During his working life, the man had been an employee of London Covering Company Ltd.
The man spent many years of his working life in boiler rooms mixing asbestos and also clearing up large quantities of asbestos debris within these environments. Due to the nature of the environment, the areas in which he worked were often enclosed with little or no ventilation. As such, it was impossible for the man to get away from the asbestos fibres hanging in the air. At the end of his shift, he would have it all over his hands and his overalls and at the end of each day he would be covered in asbestos dust. Whilst he was able to brush much of it off, he would still go home with all over his clothes.
Tragically, this man’s father had also worked for an asbestos company and had died in similar circumstances.
The man’s symptoms initially began in his stomach and were overlooked and believed to be a problem with his pancreas. However, he was then quickly diagnosed with Mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, and his condition continued to deteriorate rapidly before he eventually passed away.
The coroner ruled that he “… was regularly exposed to asbestos dust as he worked for an asbestos company. He was then diagnosed with Mesothelioma.”
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of Cancer which most commonly affects the pleura but can also affect peritoneum.
The Latency period (time before 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 the tumour growing inside them but will be unaware of its presence. Once diagnosed the victim will have median survival time of 9-12 months.
“This case is tragic in that this man lost his life in similar circumstances to that of his father. This highlights the dangers to those families where the son would have followed the father into their chosen trade and were exposed to the exactly the same risks. Unfortunately, a large number of the work force undertaking this type of work, particularly for those employed directly by asbestos companies, 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 lots of cases, these poor workers lose their lives. ”
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