An electrician is claiming that he has unknowingly poisoned his wife with asbestos dust. Speaking of the two of them as a young couple in the seventies, he believes to have poisoned her through hugs and kisses. Not only that, but his wife would also regularly wash his clothes too. And when described, they were “black with dust”.
So now, he is suing his old employers for £1 million.
The electrician in question, John Carey feels that his wife would have breathed in asbestos fibres that were hidden in his hair and work clothes. He believes that this would have happened in the early parts of their forty-year marriage and while he was not impacted, this caused his wife’s asbestos-linked lung cancer.
Unfortunately, John’s wife Lydia lost her battle with the disease last month. And, now, he is suing his old employers Vauxhall Motors. Specifically, he is claiming that his exposure to asbestos between 1976 and 1979 is what caused his wife’s death.
His barrister described, “As well as the asbestos on his clothes, Mr Carey had a full head of hair, a moustache and sideburns in which asbestos dust would be trapped until liberated by movement from, say, a hug.”
However, Vauxhall is denying that the electrician was ever exposed to asbestos and are fighting the case. Instead, they claim that they brought in specialists to deal with the deadly fibres.
John stated though that the place was polluted with “huge quantities of asbestos”. And, that he had to “walk through, kneel or lie on asbestos dust on the floor to carry out his work”.
Vauxhall is continuing to state though that if the electrician came into contact with asbestos it would be “very occasional if not minimal”. Instead, they suggested that Lydia may have been exposed at other points in John’s career. Or, they felt that she may have even been exposed to asbestos from her father instead.
While asbestos may be eradicated in building work today, this doesn’t mean it is no longer an issue. Instead, this case shows that it could still have devastating consequences in today’s society.
But what do you think of this? Is asbestos still an issue in the industry? Let us know in the comments below.