The family of a man from the UK has received a compensation payout after he died as a result of the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma. He was aged seventy five years of age when he passed away in the summer of 2005 from mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that results from exposure to airborne dust and fibers from asbestos, which is a high risk in many occupations. The man, Frank Ede, worked as a shipbuilder, which is one of the higher risk professions when it comes to the possibility of exposure to asbestos dust and fibers.

According to reports no information was provided to Mr Ede with regards to the risks and dangers that asbestos exposure posed. These risks became widely known in the 1980s, but Mr Ede was exposed between 1943 and 1976 during his course of work.

His family have now been awarded compensation of one hundred thousand pounds (around two hundred thousand dollars). A lawyer for the family stated: “In the past, employers failed to take the necessary safeguards to protect their workers from the effects of asbestos dust, and now people like Frank and his family are paying the price.”

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