Wirral painter died from industrial disease after being exposed to asbestos at Cammell Laird shipyard

A PAINTER and decorator died after being exposed to asbestos while working at a Mersey shipyard.

A Wallasey inquest heard William Mottram, 78, was previously employed both at Cammell Laird, in Birkenhead, and on various British Rail sites.

Wirral coroner Chris- topher Johnson yesterday said the nature of his work contributed to his death last year. He returned a verdict of industrial disease, specifying asbestosis as one of the causes.

The inquest heard Mr Mottram, who died on October 30 last year, lived in Prenton Dell Road, Prenton, with his son Alan.

Coroner’s officer Ronald Hankin said he was found collapsed on the floor and an ambulance was called, but Mr Mottram was pronounced dead at 4.30pm.

Mr Hankin said Mr Mottram had chronic heart disease, high blood pressure and pneumonia.

The inquest heard tests carried out on Mr Mottram were “in keeping with normal levels of someone exposed to asbestos.”