Electrician sues British Steel

A former electrician has been given the go-ahead to take his personal injury claim to the High Court. John Kirk, 64, claims his health was ruined after he was exposed to a "cocktail" of dust and fumes while working for British Steel at Appleby Plate Mills from 1958 to 1980. Mr Justice Potts has rejected moves by British Steel to strike out the claim of Mr Kirk, who alleges he was left suffering from breathlessness, bronchitis and chest infections as a result of exposure to nickel, silica and asbestos dust.