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August 20, 2018

Woman whose cancer was linked to asbestos died of ‘natural causes’

Woman whose cancer was linked to asbestos died of ‘natural causes’

Woman whose cancer was linked to asbestos died of ‘natural causes’

Woman whose cancer was linked to asbestos died of ‘natural causes’



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A WOMAN who suffered from cancer strongly linked to asbestos died despite avoiding exposure to it, an inquest heard.

Janet Binding, of Durland Close, New Milton, died on November 4 after contracting mesothelioma, a lung cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure. The 72-year-old had no occupational or family links to the substance, her husband Peter told the Winchester inquest.

She was admitted to Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington on October 15, Dr Frank McGinn said in a statement and died on November 4.

Senior central Hampshire coroner Grahame Short said there have been cases of “spontaneous” contraction of the disease and recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

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Woman whose cancer was linked to asbestos died of ‘natural causes’

Dock worker died after asbestos exposure

Dock worker Edgar Wardrop died after asbestos exposure

Southampton General Hospital

Southampton General Hospital



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A FORMER Southampton dock worker died after unloading asbestos from boats for over 20 years, an inquest heard.

Edgar Wardrop, of Bullar Street, died on September 4 at Southampton General Hospital after being diagnosed with mesothelioma the previous year.

Senior coroner for Southampton and the New Forest, Grahame Short, heard how the 73-year-old stevedore unloaded hessian bags filled with asbestos from boats that had travelled from the Cape of Good Hope.

Dr Sanjay Jogai, a consultant pathologist at Southampton General Hospital, said Mr Wardrop had a severe tumour which was a direct result of asbestos exposure.

Recording a verdict of death due to industrial disease, Mr Short said: “Given the very clear diagnoses and the correlation and the asbestos exposure, taking that with his work history and employment where asbestos was present, and he was working in close proximity to it, I find on balance of probability that he breathed in this and he died from asbestos.”

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Dock worker died after asbestos exposure

Asbestos gave railway worker cancer, inquest hears

Asbestos gave Eastleigh railway worker cancer, inquest hears

Asbestos gave railway worker cancer, inquest hears

Asbestos gave railway worker cancer, inquest hears



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AN Eastleigh man who worked for 40 years at the town’s railway works died of cancer caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, an inquest heard.

Eric Williams, 73, was employed at the works from 1956 to 1995 and was constantly exposed to the deadly dust which when inhaled can cause mesothelioma decades later.

He joined as apprentice aged 15 and worked his way up to chief foreman.

In a statement made shortly before his death in August, Mr Williams, of Passfield Avenue, said in the 1950s the carriages used to be sprayed with asbestos at night: “The asbestos hanged in the air. It was clearly visible. The asbestos dust and debris we gathered and recycled it as a filler and plugs.

In the 1960s Mr Williams renovated carriages: “A huge amount of dust was created. Asbestos was allowed to fall to the floor. I was showered in the face with asbestos dust. It created dust hanging in the air like mist.

“At no time was I ever warned about the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. No protection was provided, not even a mask.”

Senior Coroner Grahame Short at an inquest in Winchester ruled that the death from mesothelioma was caused by industrial disease.

Mr Short added: “Far too many men working in the carriage works have died as a result of this particular cancer.”

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