31 July 2007, from WorkplaceLaw.com
The family of a former Jaguar worker who died from asbestos-related cancer have formally launched a court action against the luxury car firm for compensation.
58-year-old Mohinder Singh Heer, from Coventry, had originally begun a claim for damages after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Unfortunately, he died on 6 June 2007, meaning his family are now continuing the legal battle against his former employers.
Heer contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust whilst working as a fitter’s mate in the maintenance department at Jaguar’s Browns Lane site between 1973 and 1992.
As part of his work duties, Heer would regularly sweep the factory floor which, it is claimed, was contaminated with asbestos dust that had crumbled away from old pipe lagging. He also helped to remove dust extraction bags from the roof of the plating shop, which also allegedly contained a large amount of asbestos dust and was released into the air when removed.
During his time at the car plant Heer also assisted with the demolition of a paint shop, which contained enormous quantities of asbestos lagged pipe work. Jaguar is accused of not providing Heer with protective clothing or any respiratory protection, and of not warning him about the dangers of asbestos exposure.