Princess Eugenia’s husband’s family ran asbestos mill linked to hundreds of worker deaths

19 Nov 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Princess Eugenias husbands family ran asbestos mill linked to hundreds of worker deathsThe family of the newlywed husband of Princess Eugenie ran an asbestos factory in the Barking community of London that is linked to the fatal lung disease of hundreds of workers, some of whom continue to die to this day.

Jack Brooksbank recently married Eugenie –Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter – in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle. Brooksbank is a marketing executive who promotes a tequila brand launched by his good friend George Clooney. But years earlier, Brooksbank’s grandfather and great-grandfather were top executives at Company for nearly 40 years.

Brooksbank’s great-grandfather Giles Fendall Newton was named director of the asbestos company in 1933 and promoted to chairman in 1957. The company made a variety of products containing asbestos including fireproof mattresses, splinter mats and gas masks. Newton’s son Michael – Brooksbank’s grandfather – also served as director for the company.

Brooksbank’s grandfather and great-grandfather are now deceased. But three years before the eldest Newton joined Cape Asbestos, a local newspaper raised concerns about the asbestos factory, reporting that “Many people in Barking are suffering from diseases of the lungs due to inhalation of asbestos dust.”

By the 1960s, it was well established that asbestos exposure was linked to debilitating diseases like the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and , a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs. It can take years for asbestos cancer to develop. Once diagnosed, it tends to prove deadly in a year or two.

In the 1960s, an article published in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine reported that mesothelioma was killing workers at Cape Asbestos, a company that employed more than 10,000 workers at the time.

From 1981 to 2005, 187 men died from mesothelioma in Barking – one of the hardest hit areas for asbestos disease in the United Kingdom.

Brooksbank’s family, however, continued to manufacture asbestos-containing products for eight more years, ignoring the warnings about the dangers of asbestos exposure in order to protect their profits.

“It is ironic,” says asbestos expert Lorna Webster, “that Jack (Brooksbank)’s grandfather employed people who are still dying today.”

In 2005, Cape Asbestos set aside more than $50 million to compensate victims of asbestos exposure in Barking.

Source: Mirror

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