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Secondary Asbestos Exposure Killed Woman

A woman died from an asbestos-related illness that she developed after washing the work clothes of her husband, a report says.

Jean Beard was 78 year old when she died from malignant mesothelioma. Investigations have proved that she developed the disease through her exposure to asbestos through her husband’s clothes that she washed decades ago.

Mr. Beard was working at the GRC&W (Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Works) before his death in 1991. GRC&W, a railway rolling stock maker, was notorious for asbestos-lagged carriages that were used to prevent fire.

Jean Beard was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2010. She died on December 9, 2010.

Her lung tissue samples showed asbestos fiber count of 14,706 per gram. The post-mortem analysis confirmed that Jean Beard died from mesothelioma.