Nov 18 2014

Workers’ compensation awarded over asbestos-linked death of ex-postman

KOBE — The family of a former postman who died of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in 2011 after working at Kobe Port will receive workers’ compensation over his death, it has been learned.

According to the Kobe-based nonprofit organization Hyogo rodo anzen eisei center (Hyogo labor safety and health center) that supported the claim filed by the man’s bereaved family, the man began working at Kobe Port Post Office in 1961. He handled international parcels and boarded ships several times a day. He retired from the job in March 2001 when the operation of the international service was shifted to Kobe Central Post Office. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2011 and died eight months later at the age of 70.

In between the 1970s and 1980s, a large amount of asbestos was imported via Kobe Port. Workers at the port have testified that they saw asbestos dust scattering around from ripped hemp bags loaded inside ships. Read more

Courtesy: Mainichi