A man has been awarded a large compensation payout after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He had contracted the disease during his employment with an engineering firm.
Mr Peterson had begun working with the company by doing an apprenticeship as a “test room boy”. One of his main jobs was to lag engine cylinders with asbestos. In order to do this he first had to mix the asbestos with other compounds and then with water. He had to work long hours and also worked alongside others who were using asbestos.
Mr Peterson started having difficulty breathing in August 2009. After several months of this he sought medical attention and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2010. It was established at this point that the disease had been caused by the exposure to asbestos during his employment.
It was this that led him to make a compensation claim on the ground that he had received no protection from the harmful substance from his employer. He was able to negotiate an out of court settlement of £160,000 in compensation.