Former power station worker died of industrial disease due to asbestos

Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court. Photo: Nick Butcher

Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant

The death of an 88-year-old former power station worker was as a result of industrial disease, an inquest concluded.

Stanley Walker of Gorleston died on June 13 in the James Paget University Hospital, with the medical cause of death being given as malignant mesothelioma.

Originally of Bedford, Mr Walker held a number of jobs, but spent the majority of his working life in power stations - first in Goldington and then Great Yarmouth.

Giving a statement prior to his death, Mr Walker said it was while working in the stations that he was exposed to asbestos, and at the time was not warned about the dangers of the material. He retired just before turning 65.

His statement said that he was not aware of being exposed to asbestos in any of his other positions, which included working in machine manufacturing and as an RAF flight mechanic.

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Yvonne Blake, area coroner, concluded that Mr Walker died of industrial disease.

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