Mark O’Neil, Bangor

Posted: 10th Apr 17 2:01 PM

Mark developed fatal lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the 1960s. He has finally received £160,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement.

Mark worked as a carpenter and builder for a brewery in East London in the early 1960’s. As part of his job, he was involved with insulating a basement with asbestos boards that had to be cut to size using a hand saw and drill. The atmosphere in the basement was very dusty and his hair and clothes would be covered in thick dust caused from cutting up the insulation boards. He and his colleague would work nine hour shifts breathing in the toxic air without any kind of protection or specialist respiratory equipment.”

The married victim first started noticing symptoms in April 2010 when he began suffering from shortness of breath. After visiting his GP, he underwent a number of tests including an x-ray of his chest and a CAT-scan before he was diagnosed with mesothelioma two months later.