A former plumber has received GBP 175,000 in injury compensation after he developed an asbestos-related disease.
Alan Ward, 61, was exposed to the dangerous material while he was working in Wakefield hospitals in the 1960s and 70s.
He has now been diagnosed with cancer of the lung lining after experiencing chronic pain.
The GBP 175,000 injury compensation will help him to sustain a decent quality of living when his health deteriorates further.
David Prentis, general secretary of Mr Ward’s union Unison, said it is important for employers to face up to their responsibilities if they wish to avoid paying out injury compensation.
"Alan is one of a growing number of workers whose health has been fatally damaged just through going to work," he commented.
The Ministry of Justice is expected to announce this week whether it will decide to reverse a landmark judgement that prevents those diagnosed with pleural plaques, which are caused by asbestos exposure, from claiming compensation.