An 80-year-old former scaffolder has reached an out-of-court settlement with Esso for £90,000, after he recently developed the deadly asbestos disease mesothelioma - according to the Southern Daily Echo.
Gerald Read, a widower with one son and two granddaughters, said that he was shocked when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma back in April 2004, because he had never worked directly with asbestos.
Mr Read worked as a scaffolder at the Esso oil refinery at Fawley, Hampshire, between 1968 and 1981, where his job involved preparing the scaffolding and boards that laggers used when replacing old asbestos.
Esso settled out of court without accepting any liability. A spokesman for Esso told the Southern Daily Echo:
"The settlement was in relation to a claim for damages by Mr Read for contracting an asbestos-related disease whilst working for Esso.
"Asbestos was widely used throughout industry as an insulating material in the 1950s and 1960s. The refinery stopped the use of asbestos as an insulation medium in 1967. Since then the policy has been to replace asbestos that has been damaged or removed for maintenance purposes with modern insulation."