Exposure to asbestos contributed to man’s death

A Jesuit brother exposed to asbestos while working as a carpenter died of lung disease, an inquest heard.

Brother Martin Murphy, 80, of Cherryfield Lodge in Ranelagh, worked for Crampton’s construction firm in his early 20s before joining the Jesuit Order.

Br Murphy joined the Jesuits in 1950 and travelled the world carrying out missionary work, particularly in Zambia in Africa. An inquest into his death heard how he was exposed to asbestos in his early 20s but did not develop any associated lung problems until his 60s. “It can be latent for long periods of time,” Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said.

A non-smoker, Br Murphy suffered from severe breathing difficulties and needed assistance breathing.

He fell and fractured his femur in the months before his death and also had hip replacement surgery. He was discharged from Blanchardstown Hospital to Jesuit nursing home, Cherryfield Lodge, where he died on March 13, 2015.

Br Murphy died of cardio-respiratory failure due to lung disease. Previous exposure to asbestos was a contributory factor in his death.

Dr Cullinane returned a narrative verdict setting out the circumstances of his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court.


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