£70,000 compensation payout for workplace cancer victim

A pensioner has successfully claimed injury compensation for damages after proving that his working conditions had led to nasal cancer. The timberman, Peter Spillet, had spent a quarter of a century working on the coast, repairing jetties, piers and wharfs.

The work meant that he inhaled a significant amount of wood dust without proper safety equipment being available. His former employers will now have to pay the injury compensation after a four year legal battle.