£4.37M Payout for widow of man tragically killed by asbestos
The widow of Anthony Farmer, has been awarded £4.37 million. This is thought to
be the highest ever compensation payout for an industrial death in the UK.
Leeds Crown Court heard that the 47 year old man who had worked as a fitter and
millwright for several large engineering groups at various sites throughout the
UK in the 1960ís and 1970ís, died from the asbestos related lung disease, mesothelioma. Upon leaving these sompanies, Mr Farmer had set up several
successful businesses and the historic payout reflected his immense earning
potential. Mr Farmer developed symptoms of the malignant lung disease just days
after he and his partner sold their tyre company, Tyre Technics, for £30m in
The four companies who admitted liability were Rolls Royce Industrial Power
(India) Limited, NEI Clarke Chapman Limited and members of the Babcock and
Mitsui Babcock engineering groups.
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