£35K Compensation For Former Docker At Avonmouth Docks
Industrial Disease lawyers were instructed by Mr H, a retired docker who worked at Avonmouth docks in Bristol during the 1950s to 1980s through the National Dock Labour Board.
Mr H was diagnosed with asbestosis as a result of the asbestos exposure he suffered between the 1950s and early 1970s when asbestos was a regular cargo on the ships that he unloaded.
Mr H recalled having worked for the following stevedoring companies: Reed, Stock & Co Limited, CJ King & Sons Limited and the Port of Bristol Authority. His evidence was that he suffered exposure to asbestos dust whilst working in the holds of ships and on the dockside. He likened working in the holds to working in a blizzard, as the bags of asbestos were often so damaged that the asbestos they carried escaped and fell like snow as it was lifted out of the holds by the cranes.
Medical evidence from an independent respiratory consultant confirmed that Mr H was suffering from asbestosis and attributed it to his work as a docker. Mr H was assessed as having a 10% respiratory disability and as being at a 1% risk of developing diffuse pleural thickening, a 3% risk of developing mesothelioma and a 9% risk of developing lung cancer.
The claim settled on a full and final basis in the sum of £35,000.
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