Exposure to asbestos has lead to the death of 79 year old woman. The former factory worker died at Summerville nursing home in Grappenham, following 3 years exposure to asbestos fibres.
Veronica Barlow worked at Turner Brothers’ manufacturing site in Greater Manchester from 1956-1959 operating machinery.
Mrs Barlow said that she “used to be able to see the asbestos in the air when the sun was shining in the factory” and that she “could not wait to get out of the job”.
As well as operating the machinery, Mrs Barlow used to clean down her work station every day and in a statement said that her work environment was incredibly dusty and that she was covered in dust whilst at the factory.
Mrs Barlow stated that the asbestos she was exposed to was “mainly white” but there was “sometimes blue as well”
White asbestos, also called chrysotile, is the most common type of asbestos. Studies show that it takes more exposure to chrysotile than other types of asbestos to develop related diseases. Blue asbestos, otherwise named crocidolite is the most dangerous type of asbestos.
Mrs Barlow passed away in October after being diagnosed and suffering with Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer affecting mostly the lungs and brought on by exposure to asbestos fibres.
The coroner in the case concluded that the cause of death was industrial disease Mesothelioma, and it was more likely than not that the exposure to asbestos that she suffered at Turner Brothers was what led to the medial Mesothelioma.
It is now illegal to use asbestos within construction, and it is regulatory that any industrial premises or building being used for non domestic purposes built before 2000 has an asbestos management survey. Duty holders have a responsibility to their employees to maintain high standards of health and safety and not put them at any unnecessary health risks. An asbestos management survey locates and manages asbestos containing material (ACM’s) inside a premises ensuring they are not at risk of being disturbed and releasing deadly fibres.
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Published Jan 27, 2015