Fincantieri to pay 1.1 million

Welder 'exposed to asbestos for 17 years'

(ANSA) - Ancona, February 26 - A labour court judge on Friday sentenced Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to pay 1.1 million euros in damages to the three children of a retired electrical welder who died of asbestos-related complications in 2006.
    The court found the company failed to adequately protect the welder from 1973 when he first joined the company to at least 1990, when he was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis.
    He took early retirement in 2000, because work-related accidents and illness agency INAIL recognized he had been exposed to asbestos for 17 years. He died in April 2006 aged 55.