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Cancer victim contracted disease while a child, from asbestos worker father’s overalls, says coroner
Friday 24th February 2012
By Adam Binnie
Retired printer Keith Turnbull, of Frankland Road, Croxley Green, who died after a three-year fight with an asbestos-related cancer, contracted the disease from his father’s overalls as a child, an inquest heard on Thursday.
Born on May 27, 1945, in Watford, Mr Turnbull was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a fatal cancer contracted through contact with asbestos – in October 2008.
The inquest, held in Hatfield, heard how he was exposed to the fire-retardant material as a child, when it was brought into his family home on his father’s overalls.
Mr Turnbull lived in his parents’ home until 1968 when, aged 23, he married wife Judith, a librarian. His brother Martyn also lived in the family home, which was only 500 metres away from the asbestos factory in Croxley Moor, where his father worked.
Coroner Edward Thomas said: “Keith’s father was exposed to asbestos while working at Cape Universal and it was brought home with him.
“Martyn recalls his father, an asbestos moulder, coming home wearing his work overalls. He remembers them covered in dust. At one time he describes him looking like a snowman.
“The family would greet him and hug him as he came through the door and they were clearly exposed to asbestos at that stage. He had no knowledge that there was any particular problem. Those who worked in that industry had no idea.”