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According to the Eastbourne Herald, Neville Beck died from malignant mesothelioma at the age of 71 in April 2009 and his wife Susan believes this illness was caused by his regular contact with asbestos at work.
Mr Beck worked as head of history at Eastbourne's Ratton School from 1972 to 1998 and the writ served to the High Court by his widow states that his books were stored in a cupboard containing two asbestos shelves.
Consequently, the professional was exposed to the lethal substance on a daily basis and Mrs Beck is therefore taking legal action against East Sussex County Council - the body that runs Ratton School - in pursuit of damages.
She believes the local authority acted negligently as it failed to warn Mr Beck of the dangers of working in an environment containing asbestos.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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