pigeon-roof-ledgeA warehouseman died from lung cancer caused by birds pecking the asbestos roof of a store where he used to work, an inquest heard.

For 12 years the deadly dust floated down on Anthony Jones, who got a job at the cash and carry when he was 15 but left three decades ago.

He was killed this year, aged 57, by mesothelioma – a type of lung cancer whose only known cause is asbestos fibres.

Mr Jones had said after being told he had terminal cancer: “I can’t recall ever working with or near asbestos.

“My exposure was most likely at the firm’s ex-premises in Gloucester, as I was told there was always a problem with birds pecking the asbestos-based roof.”

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A post-mortem on the bachelor, of Frampton on Severn, found 19,355 asbestos fibres per gram of dry lung tissue, a level consistent with work exposure.

Coroner Katy Skerrett recorded a verdict of death due to industrial disease and said: “It’s not the type of employment where you’d expect to be exposed to asbestos.”

The victim’s sister Margaret Ball, 72, said after the Gloucester inquest: “This dust was floating down on him all that time at work and seems that is why he got this terrible disease years later.”


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