Exmouth man, 68, died of asbestos illness

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 April 2016

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.


An Exmouth man died from a cancer connected with exposure to asbestos, an inquest heard.

Kenneth Lambeth, 68, of Madeira Villas, died from malignant mesothelioma on December 12, last year.

The coroner for Devon and Exeter, Dr Elizabeth Earland, recorded his cause of death as industrial disease.

She said: “I am satisfied that Mr Lambeth was exposed to asbestos from 1963 to 1968, in the Exeter area, and 1969 to 1972, in the Lympstone area.

“That exposure has caused the illness that has killed him, so the proper conclusion, on the balance of probabilities, is industrial disease.”

Mr Lambeth was born in Exeter in 1947 and worked as a shopfitter in Exeter, before working in Lympstone, doing the same job.

The inquest heard how, in the course of his work, he was required to break up and cut asbestos sheets.

In a statement made before he died, he said he did not know about the dangers of being exposed to the substance.

The inquest heard how Mr Lambeth was diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease in April last year after having breathing difficulties.

After it was decided that chemotherapy would not benefit him, he was admitted to an Exeter hospice for palliative care, the inquest heard.

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