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Bucks Widow Wins Pay-Out After Husband’s Death From Asbestos at Music Group, EMI


A woman from Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire has secured six figure compensation after her husband died from an asbestos related cancer after working for music company, EMI.

Geoffrey Page, who worked in the tool room at EMI, Spinfield Road, Hayes, Middlesex died in September 2011 aged 80 after being diagnosed with an asbestos related cancer. His employers have accepted liability and agreed to pay his widow, Pamela, compensation of £177,500 for her husband’s pain and suffering.

Brigitte Chandler, a specialist in asbestos related litigation at Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, brought the claim against EMI on behalf of Pamela Page.

Her husband was working in the tool room at EMI in 1980 when he was asked to make a product with sindanyo sheets and blocks. He was given a drawing specifying how it should be made and which had a hazard sign stamped on them.

The sindanyo sheets contained white asbestos. Mr Page was drilling and working with the sindanyo sheets for around three months. He stopped when a union representative visited and told him to stop. He was then asked to hoover the floor and benches which were covered in asbestos dust. He was given no protective clothing.

“By 1980 when Mr Page was working for EMI, knowledge of the dangers of asbestos was well known and Mr Page should not have been asked to work with the product without any protection,” said Brigitte Chandler. “He obviously breathed in asbestos dust. This is why EMI’s insurers have accepted liability.”

The £177,500 compensation is in recognition of Mr Page’s suffering and pain and for the nursing care provided by his wife.

“Sadly, the number of people dying from mesothelioma and lung cancer continues to increase due to the widespread use of asbestos in the 1950s, 60s and 70s,” says Brigitte Chandler. “Anybody who has worked around asbestos in the past and who develops breathing problems or chest pains should immediately seek medical advice.”

For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793 511055 or brigitte.chandler@clmlaw.co.uk

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