Pensioner may seek asbestos compensation

A claim for personal injury compensation may be forthcoming from an elderly woman after it emerged she was exposed to asbestos in her own home due to the negligence of a construction company.

Mansfield-based firm Abbott and Mason Building and Joinery Contractors was found to have contaminated the possessions of Ann Jenkins with the potentially lethal substance - which can cause asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma - while conducting renovation work at her house in West Bridgford.

The 96-year-old resident had her belongings covered in the material while professionals were working there and, in a subsequent court case, Abbott and Mason pleaded guilty to charges of breaching clauses 7, 8, 11(1), 16 and 24(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

Frances Bailey, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said the company had shown a "wilful disregard" for the wellbeing of both Ms Jenkins and its employees by allowing them to come into contact with asbestos, which remains the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Posted by Patrick White
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10/05/2011 16:36