A man who worked on heavy vehicles died from a condition linked to exposure to
asbestos, an inquest has concluded.
Brian Gardiner, 85, of Lansdown Road, Sudbury, worked in the Royal Artillery
during the Second World War and later was employed to change brake linings on
vehicles on lorries and buses.
In a statement written before his death, Mr Gardiner told of how the dust created
by asbestos brake linings was cleared away with a brush or compressed air and
which he had probably breathed in.
Mr Gardiner had also said that he worked at one time as a delivery driver, handling
component parts for prefabricated buildings which contained asbestos.
on Thursday the inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard that Mr Gardiner had
been diagnosed with mesothelioma in December last year after suffering from
breathlessness. He died at home on August 3.
Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded a conclusion that Mr Gardiner’s death had
been due to an industrial disease.