Payout over Scunthorpe steel worker’s asbestos death

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Payout over Scunthorpe steel worker’s asbestos death

10 October 2011 Last updated at 11:11 ET

The family of a Scunthorpe man who died after being exposed to asbestos while working at the town’s steelworks has been awarded £48,000 in compensation.

Reg Grimshaw died last year, aged 88, from the lung disease mesothelioma.

He spent his entire working life at the plant, which was run by a number of companies over the years, including the nationalised British Steel Corporation.

Current owners Tata Steel said the claim was from a “historic exposure to a risk”.

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which affects the thin membrane that lines the chest and abdomen. About 2,400 people are diagnosed with the condition in the UK each year.

According to Cancer Research UK, up to 80% of cases of malignant mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.

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