The widow of a man who tragically died from an asbestos-related cancer is appealing for information from his former colleagues relating to his exposure to the substance. Jean Strong, 76, is requesting for answers after her husband developed mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by breathing in asbestos dust over a number of years. Her former dockworker husband, Kenneth Strong, passed away earlier this year after battling the disease for five months. Mrs Strong has suggested that her husband may have been exposed due to inadequate protection from the dust in his place of work, which then resulted in the deadly illness.
Mr Strong began work as an apprentice in the Devonport Royal Dockyard at the age of 15 and then went on to work on large ships such as the HMS Royal and HMS Eagle. The boiler rooms of these ships often used asbestos lagging on their pipes, which Mr Strong would likely have been exposed to. Mr Strong stated that he was never provided with protective clothing to prevent exposure and was never warned of the dangers of asbestos. After collapsing at home, Kenneth was advised by medics that mesothelioma was suspected but a biopsy was unable to be taken as he was too weak. Chemotherapy was also not possible and Kenneth’s health rapidly declined. Mrs Strong is seeking help from a solicitor regarding the lack of protection provided by employers.
The asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma is known as an industrial disease which can affect a sufferer many years after exposure to the deadly dust. Asbestos is known as a substance harmful to health and any employee who may come into contact with it must be provided with personal protective equipment. This includes a mask to avoid inhalation of the dust. A simple piece of equipment like this can help an employee to avoid illnesses of the lungs and can prevent a needless death. If you have suffered an injury or have become ill at work and someone else may have been at fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation for your own suffering or the suffering of a family member.
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Source: The Herald