Former Liverpool Docker Wins Compensation For Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
Specialist Industrial Disease Team has successfully recovered over £94,000 for Mr G who developed lung cancer. He worked from 1954 to 1963 in the Liverpool Docks. He often worked as a porter for Clan Lines unloading asbestos cargoes. The claim was settled by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills who carry responsibility for the liabilities of the National Dock Labour Board who controlled employment in the Liverpool Docks.
Mr G worked in ships’ holds and on the quaysides unloading hessian sacks containing raw asbestos. These often tore during the unloading and fibres would spill out. Asbestos dust in the holds would be thick and Mr G would end up covered in asbestos dust.
It was accepted that the NDLB owed a duty to Mr G and that they should have made sure that Clan Lines and other employers in the docks provided breathing protection and ensured that cargoes of asbestos were properly sealed. They should also have restricted the registration scheme to employers who complied with health and safety regulations.
It was accepted that Mr G had had sufficient exposure to asbestos so as to double the risk of him contracting lung cancer.
The asbestos lung cancer claim was settled within nine months of us being instructed to pursue the claim.
Posted In: Recent Cases