Builder receives payout after mesothelioma diagnosis

26 Sep 2018 by under News

construction worker 100x100 Builder receives payout after mesothelioma diagnosisConstruction worker Andrew Nicholson suspected the worst when he started struggling to breathe. He had watched both his brothers die from mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer caused by exposure, years earlier. When he was diagnosed with the same cancer, he knew who was to blame – his employers who, in the 1970s, knowingly exposed him to the carcinogenic mineral without providing any respiratory protection or training him on how to reduce his risk of serious illness.

“It’s almost beyond belief that as recently as 30 to 40 years ago, large companies were knowingly exposing their employees to lethal chemicals,” Nicholson told MailOnline. “They placed ticking time bombs over our heads while burying theirs in the sand.”

Nicholson took his employers – Bovis Ltd and Wates Built Homes – to court and agreed to a settlement of about $342,000. The money will be used to cover Nicholson’s future private medical expenses, including immunotherapy.

Nicholson began working in 1971 as a site clerk for Wates Built Homes, during which he worked with sheets of Asbestolux, an insulating board that contained asbestos, often inhaling the dust from the boards. In 1974, he started working for Bovis Ltd, working as a junior surveyor and project manager working with Asbestolux and Artex products, both of which contained asbestos.

Asbestos is a durable and fire-retardant mineral that was commonly used in building materials. It is now banned in the U.K., where Nicholson lives, but it is still used in the U.S., though not as much. Asbestos can cause serious health problems including the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and . Asbestos cancer can take decades to develop. Once diagnosed, the disease generally proves deadly within one to two years.

Source: Daily Mail

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