The family of a man who died from asbestosis has been awarded 47.500 pounds in an asbestos compensation claim against his former employer’s insurance company.
Donald Bracher, formerly of Chulmleigh, Devon, passed away in January 2008 aged 76, after fighting a five year battle against asbestosis. The disease was contracted during his 50 years of emplyment with local Barnstaple firm, Shapland and Petter, through working with asbestos in an unsuitable environment.
Donald was employed to cut windows in asbestos-lined fire doors, with no protection against the inhalation of asbestos fibres, and normally in a small workspace with inadequate ventilation. It was alleged that right until the day Donald retired in 1996, there was no warnings given to him by his employers about the dangers of working with asbestos.
The legal action brought by his son, Kenneth, was against the insurers of Newman Tonks Ltd – the company which bought Shapland and Petter in 1999 – which themselves are no longer in existence. Nonetheless, the company’s insurance company agreed to pay the compensation for the pain and suffering Donald had experienced.