Barry Young worked for Western Power Distribution (then South Western Electricity Board) from 1959 until 1994 when he retired on medical grounds. During the course of his employment, he was intermittently exposed to contact with asbestos. He became unwell in 1991 and was told by his consultant thoracic surgeon that he had an asbestos-related malignant mesothelioma. This advice was based on a histological report by another doctor, Dr Ibrahim, suggesting the probability of mesothelioma but recognising the possibility of adenocarcinoma. A diagnosis of adenocarcinoma would not have supported an asbestos-based industrial injury claim.