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11 December 2014 | Comment | Article by Simon Ellis

Steelworker death has been linked to historic asbestos exposure through employment at British Steel

An inquest has heard that the death of a 75 year old former steelworker from Scunthorpe died as a result of asbestos exposure, causing mesothelioma. The inquest heard how the elderly man had begun working for British Steel as a boiler attendant in 1960.

The inquest heard how the coroner had deduced that working as a boiler attendant for British Steel between 1960 and 1969 has exposed the deceased steelworker to asbestos, which was heavily used in the steel industry during the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The coroner’s verdict was that asbestos exposure had caused malignant mesothelioma.

Simon Ellis, a specialist asbestos related illness solicitor, from Hugh James represents clients across England and Wales whose lives have been impacted by asbestos related illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Simon says:

“this case isn’t an isolated one. There are many thousands of people across the UK who have been exposed to asbestos and are being diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses daily. Compensation is available to individuals who have been diagnosed so I would urge individuals or family members to contact a specialist solicitor for further advice.”

The family of the former steelworker for Scunthorpe say that the illness has taken his retirement years away from him. The coroner recorded industrial disease as the cause of death.

Author bio

Simon Ellis


Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 25 years, having trained and qualified here. Simon heads up the Military Department, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries. He specialises in claims such as hearing loss, non-freezing cold injuries, compartment syndrome and military injury cases. He is often asked to advise on more unusual claims in the military context.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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