A former UK plumber who worked at a number of hospitals over the course of his career has been awarded nearly three hundred thousand dollars by way of compensation. It is claimed that the former plumber was exposed to asbestos whilst working at some of these hospitals, leading to him developing the deadly asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.

Sixty one year old Alan Ward worked at a number of hospitals between 1964 and 1972. He claims that he was never given any warning about the dangers of asbestos exposure and was never provided with any protection to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Part of his duties whilst working at these hospitals, which were in the Wakefield area of England, included removing asbestos lagging from pipes and boilers in the hospitals. He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2007, and has recently been awarded two hundred and ninety thousand dollars.

Ward claims that he is now living on borrowed time, as doctors thought that he would have been dead by now. He said: “I was given 18 months to live, but that was over two years ago, so it’s been longer than was anticipated. I didn’t know about the dangers when I was 23 – we just smashed off the asbestos and carried on working.”

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