The total number of UK carriagework employees from York who have passed away from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma has now topped 140, and the true number of deaths may be much higher.
According to the York Press, Arnie “Tivvy” Gomersall worked as a coachbuilder in York factories for years, continually exposing himself to asbestos in the process. Following Gomersall’s recent passing due to mesothelioma, Paul Cooper – a carriageworks trade union official – said that he was the 141st carriageworks employee to pass away from an asbestos related disease.
While that number may seem high, Cooper warned that the true number of deaths attributed to asbestos exposure was likely much higher, as that figure only showed the number of people who had died from mesothelioma and been investigated by inquests in York.
“[The number] excludes people whose mesothelioma may not have been picked up by doctors, which does happen sometimes,” Cooper said. “There will also be others who moved away from York years ago, or who died while being treated in hospitals elsewhere.”
The dangers of asbestos are not limited only to UK carriageworks factories, and are experienced by those who worked in U.S. factories during much of the 20th century as well. If you have been exposed to asbestos and now suffer from mesothelioma, call Sokolove Law to learn more about potentially pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.