Family of former shipyard worker awarded £300,000

Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360
Parliament Hall, Court of Session, Edinburgh
Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360 Parliament Hall, Court of Session, Edinburgh

A judge has awarded the family of a former shipyard worker who died after coming into contact with asbestos more than £300,000 after his employers admitted liability for the exposure.

Lord Clarke ordered that the relatives of George Manson should receive £340,634 because his bosses Henry Robb Ltd didn’t do enough to protect him from the substance.

Mr Manson, who lived in Greater London, passed away aged 81 in February 2016 from Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer.

The lethal condition has affected many shipyard workers who came into contact with asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s.

Lord Clarke made the ruling in a written judgement which was issued at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Mr Manson, who came originally from Dalkeith, Midlothian, worked in the shipyard, which was located in Leith, before moving to England with his family in the 1970s.

Mr Manson came into contact with asbestos during his time at the yard. The court heard that asbestos can cause Mesothelioma.

The court heard that Mr Manson was diagnosed with the illness in July 2015 and his condition deteriorated quickly.

Lawyers acting for Henry Robb agreed that the company didn’t do enough to stop Mr Manson from being exposed to asbestos.

In a hearing held earlier this year, Lord Clarke was asked to determine the amount of compensation that should be awarded to Mr Manson’s family.

After hearing evidence that Mr Manson was a member of a “very close” family and that his relatives were devastated by his death, Lord Clarke ruled that payment should be set at £340,634.

Lord Clarke wrote: “When the deceased was diagnosed with his fatal condition in July 2015, the family were informed that the deceased would be likely to live only for a few months.

“In the event the deceased survived for about 10 months but his condition deteriorated rapidly and within two months of diagnosis he could not really help himself.

“Although his family had been warned that the deceased was going to die, his death itself came as a great shock to all of them.”

For more information on asbestos and mesothelioma visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance