Family to take legal action over asbestos death

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THE FAMILY of a man who died from an industrial disease is to continue its legal action.

An inquest ruled this week that Terence Grimes, who had been a welder’s mate during his working life, died from a malignant mesothelioma which had been caused by working with asbestos.

Mr Grimes died at his home in Green Walk, Lower Willingdon, last November and his family is in talks with solicitors to take legal action against his former employers.

The inquest heard Mr Grimes had been diagnosed with a malignant tumour, had undergone chemotherapy and was on morphine to control the pain.

His widow Barbara Grimes said her husband, who worked for BAA at Gatwick Airport in more recent years, had wanted to die at home and managed to do so with the help of Macmillan Cancer Support nurses just after his 69th birthday.

Mrs Grimes said her late husband had been exposed to asbestos while working at ICI when he was a welder’s mate working on pipework.

Recording a verdict of death by industrial disease, East Sussex coroner Alan Craze said the mesothelioma had been the “overwhelming” cause of death.

He also said at least 95 per cent of mesotheliomas are caused by asbestos and that of the three different types of asbestos, blue and brown asbestos are 10 times more dangerous than white asbestos.