It has been claimed that an eighty year old man from the UK, who died from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma, contracted the cancer as a result of working for the Royal Navy, which is joined in 1947. An inquest heard that the man had died as a result of contracting the deadly cancer, for which there is no cure.

The findings were revealed after the coroner carried out an autopsy on the body of the deceased, who passed away in January of this year. His widow said that he had joined the Navy in 1947 and had been exposed to asbestos on a daily basis.

During his time in the Royal Navy Edward Earnshaw, the deceased, had worked with asbestos insulated boilers, and this is where the long term asbestos exposure had come from. The report said that before being diagnosed with the cancer Mr Earnshaw had been fit and in good health previously.

Mr Earnshaw’s death was recorded as death by industrial disease. The coroner also pointed out that his pension will continue after his death because the Ministry of Defence has admitted full liability for the exposure.

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