The mesothelioma death of a UK ship worker has been linked to the long hours he used to work in asbestos-filled factories, according to the deputy coroner who inquired into his death.
According to the Reading Post, 82-year-old Ronald Kennedy used to work 56-hour weeks in factories that contained many asbestos products that he was required to use regularly.
I can’t recall where the asbestos lagging on board the ships came from, but I can recall that moving of the asbestos would be performed, said a statement made by Kennedy regarding his working conditions. I’d then have to apply it to various pipes mix asbestos powder with water and apply it as a paste.
In March 2010 Kennedy was admitted to the hospital to undergo x-rays on his chest that revealed a considerable amount of fluid had built up. He was diagnosed with epithelioid mesothelioma in May, 2010, and died from the asbestos disease in December 2011.
In the inquest that followed Kennedy’s death, Deputy Coroner Ravi Sidhu confirmed that it was that asbestos [in the factories] that caused the mesothelioma that caused [Kennedy’s] death. He added that the official cause of death had been listed as the industrial disease of malignant mesothelioma.
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