LONDON (April 19, 2010)—Michelin UK has been ordered to pay $35,000 to former employee Roy Ibbs as compensation for exposure to asbestos.
Ibbs, a welder and pipe fitter, did not directly work in tire manufacturing.
Michelin said this case was a result of exposure to asbestos more than 25 years ago and was related to the fabric of the building—a problem shared by many other companies at that time.
Michelin also said asbestos has never been used as a component in the tire manufacturing process.
Barrister Colin McCaul QC, representing Ibbs, said his client's duties would have put him in the close vicinity of asbestos lagged pipes when the lagging was being stripped off, unlike other employees who worked in the same engineering and maintenance department.