Wisbech man died of industrial disease

A man who worked as a paint blaster and sprayer died of industrial disease, an inquest on Wednesday concluded.

Peter Kirk, of Staithe Road, Wisbech, died on January 8 at the age of 60 after being diagnosed with silicosis, where exposure to respirable crystalline silica over a long period can cause hardening or scarring of the lung tissue with a consequent loss of lung function.

His GP confirmed that Mr Kirk’s condition had deteriorated rapidly since November, when he was admitted to hospital. He went further downhill and started to receive palliative care. He left hospital on January 7, as he wanted to die at home.

Mr Kirk’s partner said he had worked for several companies and ran his own blasting and spraying business between 1998 and 2006. Despite wearing protective clothing at work, he used to be covered in dust, which he inhaled.

This was backed up by a post mortem which found dust in his lungs.

Coroner William Morris said Mr Kirk died of industrial disease as a result of being exposed to the dust through his employment.