Large payout for asbestos victim, from Hockley, who worked at Shoebury MOD site

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AN ELECTRICIAN suffering from terminal cancer has won a six-figure payout after being exposed to deadly asbestos during his work at the military base in Shoebury.

The 64-year old from Hockley, who does not want to be named, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2012 after suffering from pain in his ribs, a persistent cough and breathlessness.

He underwent treatment at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, but has since been given the devastating news the cancer has spread to his brain.

The father-of-two was exposed to asbestos while working at the Ministry of Defence’s Shoebury munitions testing site, for his employer the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, now the Department for Communities and Local Government, between 1965 and 1970.

Lawyers at Irwin Mitchell in London negotiated an undisclosed six-figure sum for him which will help cover the cost of care when his condition deteriorates and further limits his independence.

He says it feels “like some justice has been done”.

His job involved drilling holes in walls and ceilings which were clad with asbestos in workshops and research units.

He said: “After drilling holes in walls and ceilings, I had to sweep up the dust and debris the work had created. I was an apprentice.

“We didn’t really think anything of breathing in the dust as we worked because we were never told of the dangers or given any safety gear to wear.

“During my apprenticeship, I worked in various buildings on the Shoebury site. I did electrical work as part of the refurbishment of buildings. When we were doing refurbishments all of the trades were working together and I believe I was exposed to asbestos dust from colleagues lagging pipes near me.”

The man began feeling unwell in February 2012 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma two months later following tests and scans.

He added: “It was devastating to find out that asbestos exposure had given me cancer and that my symptoms will get worse.

“My illness is terminal so it’s heartbreaking for my family, and now it has spread to my brain.

“We are all anxious about what the future holds, but I amgrateful to have the support around me from my loved ones.

“The settlement will be a big help financially when it comes to my care and will help support my family to look after me and help me to battle on against this incurable disease.

“It feels like justice has been done as my former employer should have done something to protect me and my colleagues.”

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6:16am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

The problem must be widespread, and as tragic as it is, at the time little was known of the critical hazards of working in such environments, and the crystal ball didn't work.
The problem must be widespread, and as tragic as it is, at the time little was known of the critical hazards of working in such environments, and the crystal ball didn't work. Nowthatsworthknowing

11:48am Tue 31 Dec 13

jo.g.basildon says...

i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .
i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried . jo.g.basildon

1:05pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Southchurch Steve says...

jo.g.basildon wrote:
i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .
There are plenty of private firms who will remove the asbestos for you. Yellow Pages would be a good start.
[quote][p][bold]jo.g.basildon[/bold] wrote: i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .[/p][/quote]There are plenty of private firms who will remove the asbestos for you. Yellow Pages would be a good start. Southchurch Steve

5:10pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

If you live in social housing just paint over it with silk paint It's no drama!!
If you live in social housing just paint over it with silk paint It's no drama!! Living the La Vida Legra

5:12pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

jo.g.basildon wrote:
i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .
If you live in social housing just paint over it with silk paint It's no drama!!
Oops
[quote][p][bold]jo.g.basildon[/bold] wrote: i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .[/p][/quote]If you live in social housing just paint over it with silk paint It's no drama!! Oops Living the La Vida Legra

5:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

whataday says...

jo.g.basildon wrote:
i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .
Firstly find out which type of asbestos it is as some types are more dangerous than others. Suggest contacting registered asbestos removal specialists
[quote][p][bold]jo.g.basildon[/bold] wrote: i have asbestos in my walls and i have a big hole in one of the asbesto walls with cracks going up it. I have tried and tried with Basildon council to get appointments to get them to remove it and nothing is being done. does any one know how i can proceed from here as im getting nowhere and need to get it sorted out because i have a 4 year old daughter running about my house and i am starting to get really worried .[/p][/quote]Firstly find out which type of asbestos it is as some types are more dangerous than others. Suggest contacting registered asbestos removal specialists whataday

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