Significant exposure to asbestos on an almost daily basis for a quarter of a century led to the death of a United Kingdom man, according to the regional paper, the Daily Echo.
This is yet another example of asbestos’ long and dangerous reach. A corners court says that Elmo Dougherty, 73, died on December 4, 2012, as a result of fibrosis and bronchial pneumonia. Dougherty worked alongside welders and pipefitters at the Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire, on England’s coast.
Oil drilling and refinery work was one of the most hazardous jobs because of the asbestos presence, as this page illustrates. Even in its crude form, oil is highly flammable, so asbestos-containing products were used as insulation in refinery machinery. Over time, this material can become brittle and flake off, producing asbestos dust.
Before the dangers of asbestos exposure became widely known, American and British workers like Elmo Dougherty labored without the benefit of protective gear and other safety precautions.
When inhaled, asbestos fibers become embedded in the lungs and other internal organs where they cause scarring. Many asbestos exposures among oil workers in the U.K. and the United State could have been prevented. All the laborers needed were training and safety equipment.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related condition and believe you were exposed to asbestos at a job site, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, or discuss an asbestos lawsuit, please contact Sokolove Law for a free case evaluation.