In a recent ruling a coroner has concluded that a former shipyard worker passed away as a result of ill health stemming from industrial exposure to asbestos during the course of his work. The son of the seventy five year old man, Alan Smith, said that his father had never smoked and only became ill in 2007 having suffered no serious health problems previously.

Speaking of the chances of exposure to asbestos at work the coroner stated: “He was most certainly exposed to it but it is not my place to point the finger. I would normally have to be more than 50 per cent certain of something. But in this case I am well beyond the necessary burden of reasonable doubt that it was industrial exposure. I am more than 90 per cent sure that Alan Smith died after being exposed to asbestos during his job.”

The coroner gave a verdict that Mr smith had died from an industrial disease. Stephen Smith, his son, stated: “This makes things much easier now because we have a death certificate stating that the asbestos exposure was the reason for his death.” Speaking of his father he also stated: “He never said he had any contact with asbestos but it was rife there at the time.”

Asbestos is a substance that was once widely used in many different industries and applications, but in the late 1970s it became widely known that exposure to this substance could cause a range of serious or even deadly health problems, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

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