A Swindon woman has received substantial compensation following the death of her husband who was continuously exposed to asbestos during the forty years he spent working for British Rail.
Albert Neil of Buckingham Road Lawn, Swindon died in 2011, aged 84 at the Prospice Hospice, – two years after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
His widow’s solicitor, Brigitte Chandler, a leading industrial disease lawyer and partner with Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, who has represented many hundreds of railway workers over the last 30 years, said Mr Neil was exposed to asbestos at virtually every stage of his working life with British Rail.
“Even when the Swindon works closed in 1986, there was still asbestos in the building,” said Brigitte Chandler. “Anybody who has worked in an environment where asbestos is present, no matter how long ago, and who is experiencing breathing problems or discomfort should seek a medical opinion.”
Mr Neil worked for British Rail between 1944 – 86. He initially worked as an engine cleaner, before becoming a locomotive fireman, drainage assistant and pipefitter’s assistant.
Asbestos was present in large quantities throughout the works. “When Mr Neil went on the locomotives, asbestos would fly into his face,” said Brigitte Chandler. “One of his duties was sweeping the floor and asbestos was lying everywhere. In fact, virtually throughout his 40 years with British Rail, Mr Neil was in an environment where asbestos was present on a daily basis.”
Swindon and South West Asbestos Group is a regional charity formed about 11 years ago, providing information and support groups for asbestos sufferers and their families.
For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793 511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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