Mesothelioma sufferer awarded compensationA former electrician who was diagnosed with the asbestos-related condition mesothelioma six months ago has received a payout of £135,000, it has been revealed.
The retired worker, who was employed by a number of organisations during the course of his career, was exposed to the hazardous insulating material when carrying out electrical repairs and maintenance duties.
In one of his roles, he was required to construct electrical panels which were mounted on to asbestos boards - an activity that involved cutting the substance into shape and drilling holes in it.
He claims that he was never warned about the dangers of working with asbestos and was not provided with any protective equipment.
Less than a week after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in February of this year, the former worker initiated legal proceedings.
As well as mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos is associated with a number of diseases, including asbestos-related lung cancer, diffuse pleural thickening and asbestosis.