The former employers of an engineer who passed away from an asbestos-related disease have been ordered to pay a six-figure settlement to the man’s family.
Whickham resident Peter McCormack worked for energy supplier EON UK PLC between 1957 and 1962 and OSG Ship Management between 1965 and 1997. Over the course of these four decades he was exposed to substantial amounts of asbestos. Following an 18-month fight against mesothelioma – a cancer caused by asbestos exposure – Mr McCormack passed away in December 2013, aged 73.
Before he died, Mr McCormack instructed Irwin Mitchell, a law firm specialising in industrial disease, to find out if more could have been done by his former employers to prevent his exposure. His daughter, Elke, carried on proceedings after Mr McCormack’s death.
Now, an undisclosed six-figure settlement has been secured for Mr McCormack’s family, chroniclelive.co.uk reports.
“My dad was always an extremely active man, spending his time mountaineering, walking and cycling, but after his diagnosis his health deteriorated rapidly and was unable to do the things he enjoyed so much,” Elke said.
“Hopefully, this settlement will highlight to employers the need to protect people from exposure to asbestos, so other families do not have to watch their loved ones deteriorate so quickly.”
Approximately 5,000 workers are dying every year due to previous asbestos exposure, bbc.co.uk notes, including 20 tradesmen every week.