A grandfather from the UK who owns a bookshop has been awarded an unspecified amount of compensation after he was found to have contracted asbestos related cancer. It is claimed that he was exposed to asbestos from overalls that he had to work with in a previous line of work.

Derrick Broadhurst, aged eighty two, worked for the Lancashire Steel Corporation between the 1950s and the 1970s, and it is here that he is said to have been exposed to the deadly carcinogenic. He did not work directly with asbestos but was responsible for collecting other workers’ overalls, which were covered in asbestos dust.

He stated: “I went to the GP last year because I was struggling to do things, like bending down to pick something up. One of my lungs is completely useless and it has limited what I can do. I can remember the clouds of dust on the site. One day a chap said can you start collecting the overalls. It’s difficult to believe the asbestos from all those years ago has done this, 30 years later. The fellows who worked with it directly didn’t last so long.”

With regards to the compensation payout he stated: “I don’t like to say how much the compensation is, but I was surprised with how much I got. The American firm that supplied the asbestos could also be liable, so it’s not all settled yet.”

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