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Retired West Norfolk builder's death due to industrial disease, inquest hears




A retired West Norfolk builder’s death was caused by an industrial disease, an inquest has heard.

Arthur Massen, 81, of Snettisham, died on November 24 last year, just months after being diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.

The inquest, held in Lynn on Friday, heard from Mr Massen’s son Roger, who said in the early years of his working life his father was a bricklayer at Campbell’s soup factory in Lynn, where he believed he had come into contact with asbestos.

Inquest report (31176101)
Inquest report (31176101)

Roger Massen said his father was “certain [asbestos] had been bad for them”, and later in his career, he “avoided” commercial properties and asbestos.

Coroner Johanna Thompson concluded that Mr Massen’s death was due to the industrial disease mesothelioma.


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