Sudbury pensioner‘s death due to an industrial disease

Coroner Dr Peter Dean ANL-140808-163004001
Coroner Dr Peter Dean ANL-140808-163004001
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A man who worked on heavy vehicles died from a condition linked to exposure to

asbestos, an inquest has concluded.

Brian Gardiner, 85, of Lansdown Road, Sudbury, worked in the Royal Artillery

during the Second World War and later was employed to change brake linings on

vehicles on lorries and buses.

In a statement written before his death, Mr Gardiner told of how the dust created

by asbestos brake linings was cleared away with a brush or compressed air and

which he had probably breathed in.

Mr Gardiner had also said that he worked at one time as a delivery driver, handling

component parts for prefabricated buildings which contained asbestos.

on Thursday the inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard that Mr Gardiner had

been diagnosed with mesothelioma in December last year after suffering from

breathlessness. He died at home on August 3.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded a conclusion that Mr Gardiner’s death had

been due to an industrial disease.