Railway worker compensated for asbestos cancer24 June 2013
Exposed to asbestos when he was an apprentice boilermaker
Roy Turner from Crewe, who was 88 when he died, had been exposed to asbestos when he was a 14-year-old apprentice boilermaker at the town’s locomotive works in 1939.
His railway career spanned over 20 years; in addition to training as a boilermaker he also spent time as a train guard and later as an inspector before retiring in 1992.
Mr Turner, who had been in good health and was otherwise enjoying his retirement, was given the shock diagnosis after collapsing at his home in October 2011. He died in December of that year.
Contacted industrial disease specialists Thompsons Solicitors
After being diagnosed with cancer, Mr Turner contacted industrial disease specialists Thompsons Solicitors to investigate his case, something which he did not live to see completed. His brother continued with the claim in memory.
Before he died Mr Turner said: “I was just a boy when I started working at Crewe Works and during that time must have spent almost every day working with asbestos. I had no idea that it was so dangerous and we weren’t told otherwise so I just got on with the job in hand.”
His brother Douglas said: “I could not be more grateful to Joanne and the team at Thompsons for seeing Roy’s case through to the end. They were brilliant.”
Joanne Keen from Thompsons Solicitors who represented Roy added: “Unfortunately, Roy’s is not an isolated case. We have supported many other ex-Crewe Works employees and their families after they were exposed to asbestos by one of Cheshire’s most well-known employers.
“Crewe Locomotive Works is a name which time and again is linked to cases of asbestos exposure which took place at a time when the dangers of working with asbestos were well known yet the management failed to properly provide their staff with the appropriate protective equipment.”
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