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An elderly man has been awarded asbestos compensation for the health difficulties brought about by an asbestos-related illness he contracted due to contact with asbestos at his work.
According to the Teesdale Mercury, Cyril James Faulkner, who is now 86 years of age, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a disorder which affects the respiratory system by damaging the inner cell lining of the lungs, in October 2008. In most cases Mesothelioma is fatal.
Mr Faulkner was, the news source added, exposed to the potentially lethal material throughout his ten-year career working as a plumber for Hawkins and Holmes on a daily basis.
During his duties, the man had to "maintain and repair boilers and flue pipes" while not being provided with adequate safety equipment by his employer.
Mr Faulkner commented, "They would have known and understood that I was working with such a dangerous material but yet did nothing to stop me from inhaling the asbestos dust."
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