Former textile worker died from asbestos exposure

Asbestos laggingIt’s not just tradesmen that can be regularly exposed to asbestos.A former textile worker from Bradford died earlier this year after being exposed to the dangerous material. It was found that the lady had been exposed unknowingly to asbestos most of her life.A hearing in Bradford was told that 69 year old Margaret Bentham of Thornton, Bradford died at her home in February this year after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.Having worked as a machinist in various factories in Bradford she may have been in contact with the deadly asbestos material most of her life.A post mortem examination found that Miss Bentham had died from malignant mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos.A written statement made with Miss Bentham’s solicitor’s before her death detailed her working history. For almost 22 years she had worked mainly repairing industrial garments such as overalls.The statement included her experiences in one of her previous jobs in the textile industry which was in a three storey, Victorian styled property in Vicar Lane, Bradford.In this property she sat about 10 feet away from three steam presses which had asbestos lagged pipes.Asbestos lagging is known to be one of the most dangerous materials containing asbestos. As stated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).Miss Bentham said that to get past the pipes she used to brush against them and that she would get dust on her and on the garments. She used to pat the dust of, which would mean that she would be inhaling the deadly fibres.In approximately 11 years at this workplace Miss Bentham could not remember the pipes being repaired or replaced.A verdict that she had died of industrial disease was recorded by Bradford assistant coroner Tim Ratcliffe.He said: “I am satisfied that during her working life she could have been exposed to fibres of asbestos which led to malignant mesothelioma.“It seems clear to me certainly that on the balance of probabilities that on that basis industrial disease is the appropriate verdict for this case.”

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