Babcock International Ltd has been ordered to pay compensation to the children, grandchildren and siblings of Adrienne Sweeney, who lost her battle with mesothelioma – an extremely aggressive form of lung cancer – in August 2015 [after her exposures to second-hand asbestos years earlier].
The mother-of-three, from Paisley in Renfrewshire, had never smoked but the Court of Session in Edinburgh heard that her late husband, William, used to return home from work with his overalls and underclothes “covered” in asbestos dust while employed as an engineer at the Babcock and Wilcox boiler factory in Renfrew from 1962 to 1971.
Prior to her death, aged 75, Mrs Sweeney told her solicitor that her husband would “greet me with a cuddle while he still had his work clothes on”.
She added that she had to wash his work clothes regularly because “they were always covered in dust and manky”.
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