Case Seven

Amanda-Jane Shackleton assisted this gentleman with making an application under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. This was a gentleman who very tragically had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. It was tricky initially to track down where exposure had taken place but through careful interviewing we discovered the client recalled the company who always undertook the repairs to the farm buildings he was working in were Hills and Sons the specialist asbestos sheeting contractors. He had also received further asbestos exposure working on a farm when he was required to use flexible oven lining to line the farm buildings on one particular farm, where again the farm building was constructed of asbestos sheeting, to attach the lining throughout the farm building our client was required to drill into the asbestos sheeting to fix the lining. The client also recalled seeing on the farm buildings plaques stating Hills and Sons specialist asbestos contractors. As no insurers could be traced for our clients employers, all of which being small farms during the 1960s, an application was made for him under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.

Our client did not have any of his original employment documents and his employment was too early to register on his national insurance contribution records so evidence of his employment was provided by way of old photographs of him working on the farms and old newspaper cuttings referring to his showing particular breeds in local shows.