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November 17, 2018

Widow in battle for justice over asbestos-related death of…

The widow of a former Merchant Navy worker who died of an asbestos-related disease is appealing to his former colleagues to get in touch as she launches a battle for justice.

Oslo Schive from Dartford died of mesothelioma, a cancer on the lining of the lungs caused by inhaling deadly asbestos dust, aged 74 in December 2011.

  1. Oslo Schive died from mesothelioma

    Oslo Schive died from mesothelioma

His devastated wife Mary is now working with asbestos experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell to appeal to his former colleagues to come forward as they may have vital evidence about his exposure to the deadly dust.

Before his death, the father-of-two, who was born in Cape Town South Africa, but lived in Dartford most of his life, remembered being exposed to asbestos when he worked as a kitchen assistant after joining the Merchant Navy in 1960.

He worked onboard the ‘Carnarvon Castle’, a steam ship owned by the Union Castle Line and he could remember there being asbestos in the engine and boiler rooms as well as pipes that were lagged with the material which was used for fireproofing.

Helen Ashton, a partner and industrial illness expert at Irwin Mitchell’s London office representing Mrs Shive, said: “Oslo’s family have been devastated by their loss and are appealing for anyone who worked on board the Carnarvon Castle, particularly when it sailed from Southampton to Capetown between March 1960 and January 1961, as we believe they may have vital information that could help with Mrs Shive’s legal claim.

“Mesothelioma is an industrial illness for which there is sadly no cure. Employers have been well aware of the dangers of exposing workers to asbestos since the 1950s and 60s so there was no excuse for not protecting them from this deadly dust.”

Mr Schive, who left the navy in 1966, was referred for a chest X-ray at the Medway Maritime Hospital in March 2011 after suffering symptoms of breathlessness. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma shortly after and sadly passed away on December 7 that year.

His wife said: “When we were told Oslo’s diagnosis we were absolutely devastated and struggled to accept that something he had been exposed to so long ago, through no fault of his own, had caused him to be terminally ill.

“He tried to fight the illness but it was too aggressive and there was nothing that could be done for him.

“We just hope that anyone who remembers working with Oslo or worked onboard the Carnarvon Castle in the early 1960s gets in touch as any information, no matter how small, could help us in our battle for justice.”

Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to contact Helen Ashton or Nicole Stringfellow at Irwin Mitchell on 0870 1500 100 or email helen.ashton@irwinmitchell.com or Nicole.stringfellow@irwinmitchell.com

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