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Widow wins asbestos case

A WIDOW from Smith’s Wood has been awarded a compensation settlement totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds after her husband died from an asbestos related cancer acquired through working for a company in the 1970s.

A WIDOW from Smith’s Wood has been awarded a compensation settlement totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds after her husband died from an asbestos related cancer acquired through working for a company in the 1970s.

Janet Keen, aged 69, was granted the sum this month after a battle to get recognition for her husband Raymond’s industrial illness.

Raymond Keen, pictured, worked for Crawley-based Unilock Limited, later known as Transplastix Ltd, as a partitioner in the West Midlands from 1972 to 1980, where he was exposed to asbestos whilst cutting boards to fit into partitioned walls.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2006 at the age of 66, after developing symptoms in November 2005.

He died in April 2006.

The six figure amount was agreed out of court earlier this month after the company ceased trading in August 2008 and court proceedings were issued against the defendants’ insurers Zurich in March this year.

Janet is now calling for greater protection for workers, as part of International Workers Memorial Day, which was marked on Tuesday with a wreath laying ceremony at Brueton Gardens in Solihull.

She said: “Ray had always been a fit and active man. His diagnosis came as a huge blow to us all.

It’s hard to deal with the fact that my husband died as a result of a workplace illness which was totally avoidable.”

 

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