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April 28, 2008

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Three asbestos victims awarded compensation

Three workers have been awarded compensation after developing asbestos-related diseases following exposure to the substance in their workplaces. Kenneth Chapman, 74, was awarded £180,000 after developing mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos dust during his 40-year career with New Southern Railway (previously part of British Rail) as a fireman, boiler-cleaner, and train driver.

A former benefits officer (who does not want to be named), who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust while working at Prestwich Unemployment Benefit Office during the late 1970s, received almost £170,000 in damages.

Finally, Peter Guy was awarded £20,000 in provisional damages after developing asbestosis from exposure through work at a Liverpool shipping yard in the 1960s.

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