Keith Taylor was diagnosed with pleural thickening – a scarring of the lining of the lungs – after working for British Rail and later Virgin Cross Country for most of his working life.
He began aged 16 as a steam locomotive cleaner in 1957 at the Bath Green Park depot before becoming a loco fireman. In both jobs he would disturb the asbestos cladding around the boilers.
In the late 1960s, Bro Taylor became a train driver on third rail electric trains working out of Coulsdon North and Dorking. He was exposed to asbestos in the padding between the outer and inner skins of the train cabs and passenger compartments.
Bro Taylor said: "I was in good health until December 2004 when I woke early with a terrible pain in my side. I’ve been a very active person and a keen cyclist since retiring and moving to Plymouth but now I have trouble breathing when I walk up hill. I’m very grateful for the support ASLEF and Thompsons has given me in securing compensation for my condition which was caused by asbestos exposure that no employer warned me about. But I’d rather have my health back."
Asbestos disease diagnosis? Talk to us for advice and support on how to secure compensation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we can support you with advice on how to make a claim.
The process will be explained in plain English and with no obligation – our priority is to provide you with the best, expert advice on whether you have a valid case for compensation, and to signpost you to further sources of support.
There are strict time limits applied to making a claim – usually three years from the date of diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the exposure to asbestos took place – as it often does – decades ago, the three year time limit applies to the date of knowledge of diagnosis or date of death.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.