Man’s death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years before

7 Aug 2013 by under News, People

asbestos courtesy .uk  100x100 Mans death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years beforeAn inquiry into the death of a man has revealed he suffered from , which he contracted on the job after being exposed to asbestos for only “two or three days,” 46 years ago. Coroner Edward Thomas declared Welwyn resident Roger Beale died of industrial disease as a result of the asbestos exposure.

Mr. Beale sought medical help prior to 2010, when he began experiencing breathlessness during physical activity like climbing stairs. At the time, doctors diagnosed him with a chest infection. In 2010, he again visited the doctor after his symptoms did not clear up and seemed to be getting worse. He was referred to a chest specialist at the QE2 Hospital.

Doctors at QE2 learned Mr. Beale had worked briefly with asbestos in 1967. Mr. Beale was required to cut asbestos with a saw, while wearing no mask or other protective gear. He would have inhaled a large amount of asbestos dust during the two or three days he worked on that project. In light of this information, doctors were able to diagnose Mr. Beale with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. It affects the lining of the lungs – as it did in Mr. Beale’s case – or the abdomen. It also may in rare cases affect the lining of the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

Mr. Beale died of mesothelioma at age 67.

Source: Welwyn Hatfield Times

One Response to “Man’s death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years before”

  1. James Booker

    Having a death in the family is always hard, hopefully the family will be able to make an Asbestos related claim.

    James @