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Buckler v Sheffield City Council [2004] P.I.Q.R. P36, CA

29 August 2008

B was employed as a joiner from 1969 until 1970 by JF Finnegan Ltd. From 1970 until 1974, he worked for Sheffield City Council as an assessor. During this period of employment he was exposed to asbestos. When he returned to work for the council in 1975, he was regularly given medical examinations. In April 1991 he was told that he had some left basal pleural thickening. He was also told that he could claim against his employer for the increased risk of cancer.

Bryce v Swan Hunter Group (1987) High Court, 2 Lloyd’s Rep 426

12 June 2008

A ship painter died of malignant mesothelioma of the pleura. His widow brought an action against his previous employer, alleging that his death had been caused by the negligence of the employer in exposing him to asbestos dust. The employer denied responsibility and argued that there was no proof that any breach of duty had caused the death.

Banks v Woodhall Duckham Ltd (1995) Court of Appeal, 30 November

1 April 2008

Mr Banks had been exposed to asbestos dust during the course of his employment as a pipe fitter in a steelworks. This exposure caused a bilateral diffuse pleural thickening. He claimed compensation from four different defendants who had at various times employed him or had occupied the premises where he worked. His claim was dismissed at first instance because the judge was unable to rely on his evidence or to decide the extent of each defendant's responsibility for exposing Mr Banks to the asbestos. Mr Banks appealed.