Belfast Telegraph

Asbestos payout for shipyard widow

By Alan Erwin

The widow of a former shipyard and postal worker exposed to asbestos is to receive £10,000 compensation even though his cause of death was unrelated.

A High Court judge ruled that Carol McCauley was entitled to the payout for the stress and anxiety her husband Harry suffered after learning he had pleural plaques.

Mr McCauley (74) died in February 2013 of multiple organ failure following cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.

He had worked for Harland & Wolff in Belfast from 1955 to 1961 and then Royal Mail from around 1964 to 1980. Both admitted Mr McCauley had been exposed to asbestos during his employment.

Mr Justice O'Hara acknowledged the death was not attributable to asbestos. But he said: "Nevertheless, the knowledge that he had pleural plaques and his awareness of deaths from asbestos-related conditions must have caused him some stress and anxiety."

Both defendants will share liability.

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