A Barry man, who is suffering from asbestos disease caused by working at a specialist technology factory, has secured compensation with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.

The 69-year-old worked at the factory for a multinational corporation, specialising in silicone-based technology, in various roles from September 1967 until his retirement in 1975.

During his employment he was exposed to asbestos from operating machinery and working near others who were cutting asbestos, removing asbestos from pipework and drilling into walls clad with asbestos.

Despite the risks of asbestos being well known at the time, neither he, nor his workmates, were provided with any form of protection or warned of the dangers by his employer.

After experiencing difficulty breathing, he sought medical advice and, following an X-ray of his lungs, was diagnosed with pleural thickening - a lung disease that causes breathlessness.

Following his diagnosis he contacted industrial disease specialists, Thompsons Solicitors, who investigated a claim of compensation on his behalf.

He said: “My condition means that I find it difficult to walk any distance and I struggle to get up the stairs at home. I can also no longer do DIY, which I used to enjoy doing regularly. What is really frustrating is that my condition could have been avoided had my employers taken more care to prevent my exposure to asbestos.

“Thompsons were brilliant from the start and I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer to personally handle my case.”

Eamonn McDonough, at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Our client’s life will never be the same because of his employer’s negligent disregard for his health and wellbeing. Although the exposure to asbestos happened in the 1960s and 1970s it is vital that employers are held to account now for the harm they have done to the lives of so many workers, given the dangers of asbestos were well known by employers at the time.”