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Friday, 15 September, 2000, 13:42 GMT 14:42 UK
Asbestos damages claim settled
Sir Gordon receiving an award from the Queen
Sir Gordon receiving an award from the Queen
The widow of Scots academic Sir Gordon Beveridge is to receive almost 300,000 after settling a damages claim over her husband's exposure to asbestos.

Sir Gordon, who died last year, had been suing ICI for 600,000 in damages.

The former vice-chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast, said his exposure to asbestos at the company's explosive plant at Ardeer, in Ayrshire, had caused the onset of lung cancer.

The action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh was settled on Friday with Lady Trudy Beveridge receiving 295,000.

Supreme courts sign
The action was raised at the Court of Session
Sir Gordon, who was aged 65 when he died, worked at the Ardeer plant in the 1950s during his summer vacations from studies at Glasgow University.

He went on to become professor of chemical engineering at Strathclyde University before taking up the post of vice-chancellor at Queen's University.

The court heard that, while a student, Sir Gordon worked at the explosives factory carrying out tasks similar to ICI chemical engineering apprentices.

Maintenance work at the plant included the removal and replacement of asbestos lagging on tanks and pipes.

Sir Gordon claimed that he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres and was not warned of the dangers of working with the material.

He said that ICI failed to provide him with an efficient mask or respirator and should have had a system in place for damping down the asbestos.

Sir Gordon said that, had ICI had fulfilled their duties of care, he would not have developed mesothelioma.

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