A widower from the UK has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds, equating to nearly three hundred and seventy thousand dollars, after his wife died from asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, after spending years washing her husband’s asbestos laden clothes.

Mr Alfred Eccles worked as a pipe fitter in the UK between 1960 and 1992, and was regularly exposed to asbestos as part of his job, due to the asbestos in pipe lagging. He would then go home wearing clothes that were covered in asbestos dust and fibers, which his wife would then wash.

The money, which was awarded by his former employer, is being put into trust for his daughter, Joanna. He said: “I’m angry with the company and myself, and feel guilty because Patricia caught the disease from my clothes. The money won’t bring Patricia back, but it will at least ensure Joanna’s care for the future.”

An official from the law firm that was representing Mr Eccles in this asbestos exposure case stated: “I am delighted the family’s battle for justice has finally been won. They have borne the brunt of the terrible legacy of asbestos use, when little or no thought was given to protecting workers like Mr Eccles or his family.”

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