A war veteran who service in the Second World War died from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, a recent inquest has concluded. James Peacock died last July at the age of eighty six from the asbestos related disease, for which there is currently no cure. The asbestos related death was subsequently investigated by the Coroner’s Office.

The investigations revealed that after the war the veteran worked at Henry Foster Building Products, which later became Ferguson Industrial Holdings. In a statement whilst he was still alive Mr Peacock wrote: “We used to take delivery of asbestos sheets measuring 8ft by 4ft. We usually had to get into the back of the truck to move the sheets. They were quite heavy and usually two of us would move them, but there was always quite a lot of dust.”

The investigation revealed that when he died Mr Peacock had around twenty five thousand asbestos fibers per gram of lung tissue. Officials said that whilst this was not overly high it was enough to be able to link the exposure to his death.

There are now concerns amongst family members of the deceased that other members of the family may have been exposed to asbestos through secondary exposure, which can happen through breathing in fibers from the skin or clothing of the person that has been initially exposed to the deadly substance.

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