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Rail firm compensate former employee for asbestos exposure
A grandfather from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, has been awarded £145,000 in asbestos compensation from his former employer.
The 76-year-old was diagnosed with the asbestos-related lung cancer mesothelioma in 2011.
He was first exposed to the deadly fibres in the 1950s while working as a general fitter and turner for a national rail company in Swindon.
Part of his job involved drilling into railway carriages that were covered with layers of asbestos. He also scraped asbestos from steel pipes during his time in the job.
It was not until 50 years later he began to suffer with chest pains and breathing problems and was later diagnosed with the terminal cancer.
The man's former employers were contacted by his personal injury solicitor and have accepted full liability for his condition.
The £145,000 payout in asbestos compensation will go towards the man's ongoing care costs.