from The Observer, 18 September 1994
The world’s largest mining company, Rio Tinto Zinc, is being sued for negligence by a cancer victim who believes he was poisoned by toxic uranium dust while working at one of the company’s mines. The legal action - the first of its kind ever taken against the British-based multinational - is likely to lead to multi-million pound claims from dozens of other uranium workers.
Lawyers acting for Edward Connelly, a 44-year-old maintenance engineer from Scotland, will tomorrow serve a writ for £400,000 damages for personal injury on RTZ’s London headquarters. The writ will allege that Connelly contracted throat cancer because the company failed to protect him from the hazards of uranium dust while he was employed at the Rössing uranium mine near Swakopmund in Namibia.