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Mesothelioma death toll at British factory rises to 141

March 14th, 2012

The death toll from asbestos exposure among former workers at a British train car manufacturer has climbed to 141. Arnie Gomersall—who worked at the York Carriageworks factory for 33 years—died recently from mesothelioma at age 64. Gomersall worked on carriages that contained asbestos.

Before his death, Gomersall estimated that 20 of his friends had passed away from mesothelioma. Former trade union official Paul Cooper estimated that at least 121 additional former employees of the company have also died from mesothelioma. Cooper alleges that the company exposed hundreds of its workers to materials containing asbestos without providing proper protection.

In addition to the 141 mesothelioma deaths among former York Carriage Works employees, Cooper says that many other workers may have died from the disease without receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis. He believes that the death toll among former workers will continue to rise, as the annual rate of mesothelioma deaths among Carriage Works employees has continued to climb in recent years.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that can attack the lining of the lungs and abdominal cavity or other parts of the body. It has been directly linked to asbestos exposure and can take decades to develop. The disease affects thousands of workers every year.

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