AN ENGINEER who died of cancer would have come into contact with chemicals during his working life, a coroner has ruled.
Dawson Burnett, 72, worked for John Drury’s Soap Manufacturers at Brighouse for 42 years and was concerned about his illness being linked to industrial working.
At an inquest at Huddersfield Coroner’s Court yesterday, Deputy Coroner Paul Marks was told of his concerns in a statement by his wife Sarah Burnett.
She said: “He told me he never wore any protective suits”
Mr Burnett, of Deighton Road, left the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and began training as an engineer
Initially, he worked for Spen Heating, Mirfield, and later became self-employed.
He secured a contract with Drury’s, based on River Street, which lasted 42 years – the last 28 years he worked as a fabrication engineer.
Mr Burnett was said to be fit and healthy until August 2008, when he was diagnosed with bladder carcinoma – a form of cancer.
Mr Burnett developed a brain tumour and in August 2009 went into the Kirkwood Hospice for care. He died on September 2.
Sarah Entwhistle, of John Drury’s Soap Manufacturers, said in a statement: “He would not have come into contact with chemical dyes during his working day.”
However, Deputy Coroner Paul Marks disagreed, saying: “There is a dispute of the evidence between Sarah Entwhistle, who is an account and payroll administrator, and Sarah Burnett who is his wife.
“Taking all the evidence into account, I found that Mr Burnett had come into contact with dyes during this employment.”
He recorded a verdict of death by industrial disease.