Mr P, Asbestolux Fitter
Posted: 10th Apr 17 11:09 AM
Mr P was diagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2010. He had been exposed to asbestos at a very significant number of companies over his working life, but it was only the insurers of Staverton Contractors that could be identified. He was employed by this company in the late 1960s. He was involved in the new build of offices. He fitted asbestolux boards as fire protection behind radiators. He had to handsaw the asbestos and secured the asbestos boards in place by using nails. Electric saws were used to cut the asbestos dust.
The defendant resisted the claim on the grounds that it was not asbestos that was being cut by Mr P. Court proceedings were issued in the High Court in London. Disclosure of documents had to be obtained from a third party in relation to the build of the offices, attempts being made by the defendant to obtain documents which confirmed that the material was not asbestos. These attempts failed, and the claim was subsequently settled in 2012 for £110,000.