Corby has 40th worst rate for mesothelioma deaths in England and Wales

Campaigners are urging more help for sick and dying workers, with latest figures revealing that 14 people in Corby died from the asbestos-related lung cancer mesothelioma between 2010 and 2014
Campaigners are urging more help for sick and dying workers, with latest figures revealing that 14 people in Corby died from the asbestos-related lung cancer mesothelioma between 2010 and 2014
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Campaigners are urging more help for sick and dying workers, with latest figures revealing that 14 people in Corby died from the asbestos-related lung cancer mesothelioma between 2010 and 2014.

Corby has the 40th highest mortality rate in England and Wales for the disease at 6.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

The average rate for England and Wales is 4.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

Last month we reported how the daughter of a man who helped to build the Golden Wonder factory in Corby in the 1960s is urging his former colleagues to get themselves checked out after he died from mesothelioma.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers campaigns for the rights of exposed workers and their families.

Its president Jonathan Wheeler said: “Mesothelioma is a legacy of Britain’s industrial heritage.

“Thankfully, employers nowadays are more aware of the dangers of exposing workers to asbestos.

“But those who were exposed 30 or 40 years ago are now facing death sentences for simply turning up to work.

“Our members are lawyers and many of them see former dockworkers, factory workers, tradesmen and even teachers, who have never worked in heavy industry but have been exposed in schools, seeking compensation to make them comfortable in their final months, and to ensure their families will be fine financially.

“But because records have been lost or destroyed over time, it is not always possible to track down the former employers’ insurers.

“There is now a government fund of last resort for them to turn to in that eventuality, but it doesn’t quite go far enough.

“It needs to be extended to include other asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, so that other suffering workers can get the justice they need and deserve.”