Asbestos claims specialists Thompsons Solicitors has obtained over £160,000 in compensation for a former carpenter’s labourer diagnosed with fatal asbestos cancer.

The 69-year-old from Somerset was exposed to asbestos while working for a contractor as a carpenter’s labourer at RAF barracks on Salisbury Plain for four weeks in 1974.

During the four weeks with the company he worked on adapting accommodation blocks. His work included cutting up Asbestolux sheeting to use as partitions.

He was never warned about the dangers of asbestos nor given adequate protection from the dust.

Asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma

He first began to suffer from symptoms of the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, in October 2011 and was diagnosed with the fatal disease in December 2011.

The married dad of two and granddad to five contacted Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim.

He said: “When I was diagnosed with mesothelioma I knew that I’d been exposed to asbestos working in the construction company. At the time I had no idea just how much damage the asbestos would do to me. I was never told by the employer that it was dangerous. I so wish we had been.

“I knew claiming compensation was the right thing to do for my family. It is a relief to know that this compensation is now available for my wife in the future.”

Eamonn McDonough from Thompsons Solicitors added: “The legacy of asbestos use in the building trades has affected many workers who have sadly been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Carpenters and joiners who worked in the trade in the 1960’s and 1970’s are among those most at risk.

"It was particularly important that the case for this client was finalised quickly and efficiently during his lifetime so he could make provision for his family.”