Asbestos widow suing Alcoa

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Asbestos widow suing Alcoa

Daniel Fogarty

February 8, 2012 – 6:44PM

AAP

Aluminium producer Alcoa would have known of the dangers of asbestos when a man who has since died of mesothelioma worked with the substance at its Geelong plant in the 1960s, a court has been told.

David Grant, 82, had been an active, happy and outgoing man until about six months before he died in July 2010, the Victorian Supreme Court heard on Wednesday.

Mr Grant was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres while he worked on construction of the Alcoa Point Henry smelter plant between 1962 and 1964, his barrister Jack Rush, QC, told jurors.

Mr Grant’s widow Margaret Grant is suing Alcoa of Australia Limited for damages for loss of enjoyment of life and medical costs.

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