Former UWI employee sues over cancer causing agent

A former employee of  the University of  the West Indies Mona campus, has sued the institution, claiming that the environment in which he worked contained asbestos which caused him to contract Mesothelioma.

Alton McLeod, a stores attendant, filed the claim last month seeking damages for Negligence and breaches of  the Occupier’s Liability Act.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that most commonly starts in the layers of tissue that cover each lung (the pleura). More rarely it starts in the layer of tissue in the abdomen that surrounds the digestive system organs (the peritoneum). It is known to take a long time to develop, and the symptoms often do not present themselves until the cancer has progressed to later stages. They include fatigue, difficulty breathing, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing as well as night sweats.

In his claim, Mr Mcleod, who’s now 53-years-old, alleges that between March 2010 and August 2016, he worked as a stores attendant in the Pathology department. However, during this time, the university allegedly failed to ensure that his place of  work plus the system of  work at the institution was safe, and he became exposed to Asbestos.