Asbestos claims more lives

Britain is one of the worst hit countries in the world for asbestos deaths, a global epidemic currently claiming at least one life every five minutes. Cases are so commonplace in the UK these days they only merit a few lines in local newspapers.

Inquest reports this week include a Stourbridge man who died from asbestos exposure after working as an electrician at a pig farm, where he drilled holes through the asbestos cement roof. Geoffrey Norris died aged 65 on 19 January. At Dudley Coroners Court, Black Country Coroner Robin Balmain recorded a verdict of death by industrial disease.

Retired builder John Dickerson, 73, died from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma on 7 April, Derby Coroner’s Court heard this week. Deputy coroner Dr Turlough Farnan recorded a verdict that he died from the industrial disease of malignant mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos.