EMI sued over as­bestos death

Be­reaved son be­lieves fa­ther was ex­posed at mu­sic firm’s head­quar­ters

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Pete Bryant pete.bryant@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A GRIEV­ING son who blames his dad’s death on as­bestos exposure while he was work­ing for Hayes-based mu­sic in­dus­try gi­ants EMI has launched a High Court bid for more than £150,000 in dam­ages.

Paul Grif­fin claims his fa­ther, John, breathed in the killer sub­stance while work­ing in EMI’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment depart­ment.

The as­bestos is said to have wrecked the lat­ter years of John’s life be­fore he died in Novem­ber 2013, aged 83.

He had been suf­fer­ing for months from mesothe­lioma, a can­cer of the lin­ing of the lungs no­to­ri­ous for be­ing in­cur­able and the agony suf­fered by its vic­tims.

Left to grieve were his widow, Freda, and his son is now su­ing EMI Ltd, of Kens­ing­ton High Street, as ex­ecu­tor of his es­tate.

A doc­u­ment is­sued in Lon­don by the fam­ily’s bar­ris­ter, Si­mon Kilv­ing­ton, claims that John was never warned about the as­bestos.

He worked for EMI, or its cor­po­rate pre­de­ces­sors, be­tween 1962 and 1963 and 1965 and 1966 and was “con­stantly ex­posed” dan­gers of to as­bestos with­out any res­pi­ra­tory pro­tec­tion.

He was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in the sum­mer of 2013 and suf­fered “in­tense pain”, fa­tigue and breath­less­ness be­fore he died.

The writ claims that the dis­ease not only robbed Mr Grif­fin of his health but short­ened his life by four years.

Paul, who lives in Go­dalm­ing, who is su­ing on be­half of his mother and his fa­ther’s es­tate, says the claim is worth “in ex­cess of £150,000”.

EMI’s de­fence to the claim was not avail­able from the court and the con­tents of the writ have yet to be tested in ev­i­dence be­fore a judge.

Last month, a re­tired se­cu­rity guard from Hilling­don, who worked at sites across west Lon­don, ap­pealed for help from for­mer col­leagues as he de­manded an­swers about how he was ex­posed to as­bestos that left him with ter­mi­nal lung can­cer.

n AS­BESTOS-RE­LATED DEATH: John Grif­fin, died of mesothe­lioma in 2013, af­ter be­ing ex­posed to as­bestos at EMI Ltd dur­ing the 1960s. His son, Paul, is su­ing EMI for £150,000

n HAYES HEAD­QUAR­TERS: The build­ing owned by mu­sic in­dus­try gi­ants EMI

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