Asbestos worker gets £50k compensation

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A man who was diagnosed with Asbestosis after being exposed to Asbestos during his working career as a ship-breaker in Newport, has received a compensation settlement.

Ken Benney, 85, was told by doctors that he had the condition in 2011 after suffering from back pain and breathlessness that left him needing daily care.

But now, Asbestos Lawyers have negotiated a settlement that will allow him to more easily cover the costs of any future health provision, reports the South Wales Argus.

While the man's former employers Joseph Gillott and Sons, which was previously known as John Cashmore Limited, did not admit liability, Mr Benney has been handed a £50,000 insurance payment.

Commenting on his success, Mr Benney said, "The Asbestos compensation will be a big help and will help support my family to look after me. It does feel like justice has been done."

According to the Health and Safety Executive, Asbestos remains the single greatest cause of workplace deaths in the UK, but the nature of the illness it causes means they are difficult to diagnose, as dust particles can lie dormant in the lungs for decades.

By Francesca Witney