In another saddening sign of the continuing importance of asbestos consultancy and asbestos management services even in the 21st century, the death of a 70-year-old grandmother has been attributed to asbestos exposure at the site of one of Stoke-on-Trent’s oldest pottery companies.
Another tragic case of breathing in asbestos fibres
An inquest at Stoke’s civic centre ruled that Kathleen Capper, from Norton, died from an industrial disease after coming into contact with the lethal material at 210-year-old Wade Ceramics, where she worked for seven years prior to becoming a financial advisor.
Kathleen – who, as reported by the StokeonTrentLive website, did not smoke and only drank socially – was taken ill on a cruise. Subsequent tests at the Royal Stoke University Hospital found that she was suffering from epithelioid malignant mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, despite six rounds of chemotherapy, the disease progressed and she was admitted to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Blurton on 8th December, where she died a week later.
A post-mortem examination found the mesothelioma to have caused the grandmother-of-five and mother-of-two’s death.
“A known risk of exposure to asbestos”
Her husband, Raymond Capper, said in a statement: “Kathleen worked at Wade Ceramics pot bank for seven years before becoming a financial advisor.
“She was a non-smoker and drank socially. She was diagnosed with stage three malignant mesothelioma and had six rounds of chemotherapy.
“In October 2019 the disease progressed and she was admitted to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice on December 8 last year and she died on the 15th. I was present at her death.”
Sarah Murphy, North Staffordshire assistant coroner, commented: “I take into account that the deceased worked in a pottery factory where there is a known risk of exposure to asbestos.
“I’m satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the disease was due to exposure at work and the disease caused the death.”
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Stories like the above are a reminder of just how pressing the need remains for the effective management of asbestos that lingers on premises across the UK today.
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