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In words of Gerald Lydiate were read out at Blackburn Coroners Court, after he died from cancer caused by asbestos dust. Mr Lydiate died in Royal Blackburn Hospital on 18 April 2015.
In his Statement, Mr Lydiate reportedly spoke of raw asbestos raining down on him “like snow” in the 1960’s.
The Coroner recorded the death as being due to occupational disease caused by asbestos.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “This is yet another sad example of a Dockyard worker dying from asbestos exposure, many decades after the exposure occurred. Asbestos can cause incurable diseases which may not develop until many decades later. The number of cases of mesothelioma, which is an incurable lung cancer caused by asbestos, is continuing to rise in the UK”.
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