Widow of Scottish asbestos victim seeks out husband's former colleaguesThe widow of a former Scottish university laboratory research technician who reportedly passed away as a result of malignant mesothelioma is encouraging her husband's former colleagues to come forward with evidence to help aid her battle for asbestos compensation.
According to Herald Scotland, Robert Burns died of mesothelioma at the age of 75 in September 2010 after he was allegedly exposed to asbestos at a number of universities where he was employed between the 1950s and the 1980s.
Burns' work reportedly called for him to help make equipment that was used in students' classroom projects, the news source said. Burns' wife, Jane, who is seeking asbestos compensation from the parties allegedly responsible for the exposure, called on anyone with additional information to speak up and assist the investigation.
"I hope that anyone with any information about the working conditions in the university labs or who knew and worked with Robert will get in touch," she told the Herald.
In addition to malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, asbestos exposure has been proven to cause lung cancer and asbestosis. Overall, such illnesses claim the lives of approximately 107,000 individuals around the world each year.