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Former shipyard family awarded £340,000 compensation for asbestos related death

The family of a former shipyard employee has been awarded £340,000 in compensation for the asbestos related death of a family member.

George Manson was exposed to deadly asbestos whilst employed by Henry Robb Ltd (known locally as Robbs) whilst working at Leith Docks in Edinburgh during the 1960s.

Mr Manson died aged 81 in February 2016 from mesothelioma, a rare but aggressive cancer which is becoming more common.

The pay-out was decided in a judgement at the Court of Session in Edinburgh by Lord Matthew Clarke. Henry Robb Ltd has already admitted liability for exposing Mr Manson to asbestos and agreed that it hadn’t done enough to protect him from exposure to deadly asbestos fibres.

Robbs merged with the Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company of Dundee in 1968 – forming Robb Caledon Shipbuilding – which later closed in 1983.

In his judgement, Lord Clarke said that Mr Manson had “worked full time until he was 72 years of age, working a six-day week and commuting to London every day”.

Mr Manson spent his final working years as director in a large company which made satellite dishes.

Mr Manson was survived by his 79 year old wife of 59 and had had two children.

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