Cowley plant worker died after exposure to asbestos

Oxfordshire coroners

Oxfordshire coroners

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter, also covering Kidlington. Call me on 01865 425271

A FORMER Cowley plant health and safety officer died from exposure to asbestos at the factory, a coroner ruled.

The family of Anthony Boodell, from Kidlington, are taking legal action over his death on April 25 aged 75, it was revealed at his inquest.

He worked at the former Pressed Steel factory from 1954 to 1988 where he contracted epithelial mesothelioma caused by asbestos.

In a 2010 statement filed at county court he said he was responsible as a tinsmith for removing ovens and furnaces and stripping lagging to 1968.

The statement, filed the same year he began to develop breathing difficulties, said: “As I removed the asbestos lagging I was exposed to asbestos dust.”

Assistant Oxfordshire coroner Peter Clark said: “He had previously worked in removing and relaying lagging and had undertaken other repairs and, as a result, was exposed to asbestos dust.”

This also came from “pipework and lagging and this being the likely cause of the mesothelioma”.

He recorded a verdict of death from industrial disease.

Although he was “doing extremely well” by March 2013, he went for radiotherapy the next year.

A statement from consultant in respiratory medicine Dr Najib Rahman said apart from heart disease that was being controlled, he had “no other significant medical history”.

He said it was “beyond reasonable doubt” that Mr Boodell – who died at the Churchill Hospital’s Sobell House Hospice – had epithelial mesothelioma.

Mr Clark heard legal proceedings are still ongoing.

Mr Boodell was appointed foreman in 1968 and principal safety engineer in 1986 and the disease presented itself 10 to 30 years after exposure.

 

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Oxfordshire ambulance services accused of "playing god" and "putting lives at risk" in new drug trial

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

CARDIAC arrest patients could be given a salt solution instead of adrenaline as part of a new medical trial in Oxfordshire.

Iffley Road complex to be named after Olympian Acer Nethercott

Oxford Mail:

7:48pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE first phase of the £60 million redevelopment of Oxford University’s Iffley Road sports facilities could be completed by July 2016.

Arson-struck funeral home is overwhelmed by support

Oxford Mail:

7:30pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

STAFF at a funeral directors said they have been inundated with messages of support after a devastating blaze caused an estimated £100,000 worth of damage.

Health worker strike that would have seen staff walk out in Oxfordshire called off at 11th hour

Oxford Mail: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

7:13pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A PLANNED strike by health workers has been called off less than 48 hours before it was due to start.

Snow forecast to hit Oxfordshire on Thursday morning

Oxford Mail: Pictures of snow from across the county

4:10pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

Heavy snow is set to hit the county on Thursday morning, according to the Met Office.

Jayden trial: Jury in Jake Blakeley case sent home for the night

Oxford Mail: Jake Blakeley, 18, from Didcot

2:57pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE jury in the Jake Blakeley trial has been sent home for the night.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree