A project engineer who worked at the Rowntrees factory in York was exposed to asbestos over many years, before moving into a role of chief maintenance engineer with responsibility for over 800 staff members, and then a divisional maintenance co-ordinator. A financial settlement has finally been awarded to his widow, Mary, three years after his death.
Alan Owen died at the age of 81 in September 2016 from mesothelioma. The disease is an asbestos-related cancer that affects the lining of the lung and is most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos – with symptoms showing decades after the initial exposure.
Mrs Owen saw her husband deteriorate into an awful state in the final few months of his life, after a life that was full and active up to that point. She said that “Alan enjoyed cycling, walking, singing in several choirs and playing golf. He also loved travelling and education and we went away together frequently”.
An inquest into Mr Owen’s death concluded that he had died from an industrial disease, after his solicitors investigated how he had developed his illness. After asserting it was through exposure to asbestos his widow has some comfort that the reasons behind his death have been confirmed.
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