After working at a steel company for 20 years until 2001, Andy sadly developed bladder cancer in 2013. See how we managed to secure £20,000 in compensation for him after he claimed against his former employer.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Andy was employed at the Port Talbot Steelworks under British Steel/Corus, subsequently acquired by the world-renowned TATA Steel. He held a pivotal position primarily stationed within the coke plant—an area fraught with occupational hazards. The coke plant involved the production of coke, a grey, hardened, coal-derived fuel obtained by heating coal in the absence of air through a process known as coking.
This method entailed baking coal in an airless kiln or furnace, resulting in a porous substance free from impurities found in raw coal. Andy spent 6 out of his 8-hour shifts working in this fume-intensive environment, where he was stationed at the top of the ‘battery’ of the coke oven.