Asbestos exposure is a very real danger for anyone who works in the construction industry, as a story in the United Kingdom’s The Press illustrates.
Retired construction manager Alan Sidney Dickinson was 75 when he died last April of mesothelioma, an aggressive and incurable asbestos cancer. An inquest has revealed that Dickinson frequently worked with or near asbestos during his career. This is yet another sad case of a man from the construction industry who worked in an asbestos-contaminated environment, said Dickinson’s attorney. Even in his managerial role, he was regularly overseeing men handling and cutting asbestos. Little did he know this would cause his death 40 years later.
Dickinson worked in a variety of roles, from apprentice plumber to manager for an engineering services company. One job required him to oversee the daily cutting and fitting of asbestos sheets for insulation and fire prevention. This left him covered in a film of asbestos dust every day, according to the story.
Dickinson’s mesothelioma symptoms appeared in 2011, and he died shortly thereafter.
Many of the materials used in construction contained asbestos. Asbestos fibers can be dispersed into the air at jobsites where materials are cut, sanded, and drilled with tools to fit specific dimensions. Even workers who did not work directly with these materials are still at risk because the fibers can float through the air for long periods of time.
Were you diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related condition? Do believe you were exposed to asbestos at a jobsite? Then you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call Sokolove Law for a free asbestos lawsuit consultation.