Friday, January 20, 2006

The Clemenceau is a scandal

Two men who worked on board the French warship and now have asbestosis speak out.
The Clemenceau is a scandal
Their patent bad faith stunned me. Well, I did prove it and proved it so well, they dropped their appeal. My case made medico-legal history, set a precedent, created jurisprudence. How could they say there was no proof? I was working in some of the hottest areas of the ship — operating the steam chambers where the temperature of the steam was as high as 300 to 400 degrees Celsius. I also worked on the forward catapults and looked after the heating and the engines. These were the areas that had the most asbestos! So I am not surprised at the attitude of the Navy now. I know the Clemenceau like my pocket and I know it is chock-a-block with asbestos. To suggest, as the French government has done, that only 45 tonnes of the substance is now left on the Clemenceau is simply ludicrous.

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