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LANDMARK ASBESTOS RULING


HELP FOR asbestos victims


A new landmark ruling by the Supreme Court removes uncertainty for asbestos victims. For the full story see page... 19


Free legal advice* is all part of being a GMB member. GMB solicitors, Thompsons, have secured compensation for a number of Yorkshire & North Derbyshire retired members suff ering with asbestos-related diseases. Here are just two of those cases…


Name: Peter Sanderson


Name: Vincent Corcoran


Town: Doncaster


Vincent started work in the 1940s as an apprentice


boiler maker with British Rail at the Doncaster Railworks. During his work he was exposed to large quantities of asbestos dust and fibres. The boilers and fire boxes that Vincent


had to repair were covered in blue asbestos lagging. Labourers would pull the lagging off and the air would fill with dust and settle on clothing and surfaces. Vincent was recently diagnosed with


asbestosis. He suff ers shortness of breath and can no longer enjoy his favourite social activity of crown green bowling in the way that he did.


Town: York


Peter developed the asbestos cancer


mesothelioma after being exposed to the lethal dust while working as an electrician for British Rail from the 1960s right up until the 1990s. He spent time working in the coach building shop, where drilling would disturb the asbestos insulation in the panelling. The electricians would work among the


dust and bits of asbestos insulation lying on the floor. They were not provided with breathing equipment to protect them from inhalation or told about the dangers of asbestos exposure. GMBs solicitors, Thompsons, fought his claim for compensation, resulting in him receiving substantial damages just seven months after it was submitted.


Sign up to the Asbestos Register


GMB has launched an asbestos register to record details of members who believe they have been exposed to the lethal dust through their work. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos in your


workplace at any time, no matter how long ago, you should complete the asbestos register questionnaire. Contact us on 0845 337 7777 or visit www.gmbyorkshire. org.uk to download a copy of the questionnaire.


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Memorial for


asbestos victims GMB member Colin Hampton from Chesterfield No 1 branch recently fulfilled a three-year goal which involved displaying the names of asbestos victims on the bell tower of Derby Cathedral, aided by the Quad Derby who provided the necessary technical expertise. Nearly 400 supporters attended the event in the late evening, which took place over seven nights.


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