Tuesday 12 December 2017

Widow of Irish Rail worker settles action over death of husband from lung disease

Tim Healy

The widow of an Irish Rail worker who claimed he died as a result of lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos at work has settled her High Court action for €67,000.

Edward Mountaine (70) worked in the Irish Rail's engineering works in Inchicore, Dublin, in the 1960s making railway carriages before emigrating to Canada.

Yesterday, his widow, Grace Mountaine, of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, settled her action against Irish Rail, formerly CIE, over his death for €67,000 plus costs.

Mr Mountaine died in Ontario five years ago.

Mrs Mountaine of Oshawa sued for mental distress as a result of the death of her husband on May 14, 2009.

Mr Mountaine had worked as a coach maker in Inchicore between November 1960 and April 1962, and between May 1964 and December 1965 

It was claimed he died from lung disease as a result of being wrongfully exposed to asbestos at work.

It was claimed there was a failure to provide him with a safe system of work as asbestos dust was permitted to be present in the air at his workplace.

It was claimed he became severely disabled with shortness of breath, required home oxygen, and was not able to climb one flight of stairs prior to this death.

Irish Rail denied the claims.

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