A former marina worker has received an undisclosed sum by way of compensation in an out of court settlement in the UK, according to a recent report. The man had worked at an East London Marina for a decade, and claimed that this had resulted in exposure to asbestos leading to his lung cancer.

Officials have now said that this case has highlighted how many people who are living on river and canal boats could also be in danger of exposure to asbestos, which can lead to a range of serious health problems including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

Lawyers working for the plaintiff in the marina case said that many boats built prior to 1985 contained asbestos, which could prove dangerous. One lawyer said: “If the asbestos is in poor condition or is disturbed so that the fibres are inhaled the consequences can be fatal with conditions like mesothelioma developing decades later.”

The plaintiff in the case added: “I knew asbestos was in the boats I was working on but I had no idea that it was dangerous. Decades later I am now facing a death sentence. I want to help prevent other people from coming into contact with asbestos so they don’t suffer the same fate as me. I now know from painful experience that asbestos can kill. If someone had warned me about the dangers then perhaps this would not have happened to me.”

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