Man Dies 70 Years Later From Industrial Disease
Dennis Poole began working as a coal miner at the age of just 14 like his grandfather and was working in coal mines by the 1940’s. He was classed as a “Bevin Boy” – someone who is compulsory enrolled into coal mining services.
Many of those enrolled were not allowed to be released until after the second world war had ended and 10 percent of those were of the ages 18 – 25.
He worked in the coal mines for 50 years in poor conditions and on the 11th April 2014 was taken into hospital suffering from shortness of breath. He died three days later from bronchopneumonia (a type of pneumonia which is caused by the inflammation of the walls of the bronchioles) and congestive cardiac failure due to emphysema (lung disease). He also suffered from pneumoconiosis (a type of lung disease) which is a common industrial disease caused by breathing in coal dust.
Deaths from pneumoconiosis often reflect past working conditions because it can take a long time for the disease to wake after exposure. The effect of this is fatal as workers unknowingly fall victim to a prolonged process of disease. The majority of people who suffer or die from this are male due to its relation to occupation.
However industrial disease can be related to numerous occupations. Last month Anthony Bodell aged 75 died of mesothelioma – a cancer of the organ linings frequently caused by exposure to asbestos. He worked as a Health And Safety Officer in a car plant and the case is now in court.
Work-related diseases should be fought against if they have caused harm or death to an employee. Even if the workplace has been shut down people deserve to be compensated for poor working conditions that have the potential to lead to injury or a shortened life. For any questions on a claim or more information about industrial disease and whether you are being subjected to possible harm get in touch with us now.