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   Derby rail worker awarded £40,000 compensation for asbestos exposure

Derby rail worker awarded £40,000 compensation for asbestos exposure

5 January 2019 Email this article

A Derby man has won almost £40,000 in compensation after being exposed to asbestos for decades in the course of his career as an engineer on the railways, the Derbyshire Telegraph reports.

Maurice Chapman, 86, started working on the railway as an apprentice in 1946, later becoming an electrical engineer, until his retirement in 1986.

He was never told of the dangers of asbestos or supplied with protective equipment by his employer, said Thompsons Solicitors, representing Mr Chapman.

After suffering chest pains and breathing problems, he was diagnosed with asbestos-related disease asbestosis. Although once a keen gardener who enjoyed spending a lot of time on his allotment, his illness has left him very limited in what he can do, with even simple tasks such as climbing upstairs a challenge.

Mr Chapman and his daughter contacted Unite Legal Services and instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate an asbestos disease claim.

Discussing the case, Kevin Hepworth, East Midlands regional legal officer at Unite the Union, said: “People think of asbestos as a thing of the past, but its cases like Maurice’s that show it’s still very much present and continues to have a devastating effect on families across the country.

"We would advise anyone suffering with an asbestos disease, or a loved one, to seek legal advice.”