A coroner has described the deaths of two workers who came into contact with asbestos as “ticking time bombs”.
Verdicts of industrial disease were recorded at two separate inquests held at Blackpool Coroners Court, as a result of years spent working near asbestos.
Norman Rees, a former repair and maintenance engineer at Blackpool Council’s Rigby Road transport depot in the 1960s, was left with terminal mesothelioma as a consequence, and died on March 14 this year.
The family of Mr Rees, 76, of East Pines Drive, Anchorsholme, were present in court last week to hear the verdict delivered by Blackpool and Fylde coroner Anne Hind.
Addressing them, Mrs Hind said: “He retired in 1990 and unfortunately this is where illness started to become a feature of your lives.
“It was only this year he was told he had a terminal condition.
“During the course of his working life he was exposed to asbestos and this, ultimately, has caused his death.”
The court also heard about the death of 83-year-old Ronald Fullalove, who died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on March 8 of bronchopneumonia.
Mr Fullalove, of Lynwood Park, Warton, was a former painter and decorator in Rochdale, who came into contact with asbestos during his career.
A statement by Mr Fullalove before his death was read out to the court in which he said while he had been given a mask to carry out certain job, his overalls were still covered with dust by the end of his shift.
Mrs Hind said: “You’d think they would have had a better system because it was kicking it up into the air and resting again.
“It just seems to be a vicious cycle in the work he was involved in for a very long time.”