Asbestos Awards Issued to Railroad Subcontractors

Three subcontracted workers for the West Japan Railway Co. have been awarded compensation for contracting asbestos-related diseases. They are the first sub-contractors to receive such awards from the company.

An article in the Daily Yomiuri states that compensation for the three men follows monetary awards that have already been made to more than 100 former Japanese National Railways employees.

The three sub-contractors who received the compensation include two males, aged 59 and 64, both under treatment for asbestosis and other diseases, and a man who died at the age of 68. Compensation for the latter will go to his heirs.

According to the article, the two men currently undergoing treatment worked for the railroad intermittently between the years 1987 and 2004. They were employed by Meisei Industrial Co., which undertook the asbestos removal work from JR West. According to records, the men removed asbestos sprayed on ceilings and other places either by hand or with the help of a machine.

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