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£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 1998.

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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