JUSTICE The company will pay 10,000 euros to each of these exposed railway workers

 Asbestos: The SNCF condemned on appeal to compensate 119 former railway workers for prejudice of anxiety

Unionists from the SNCF of SUD-Rail in front of the prud & # 039; men in 2015. – DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP

SNCF has & oacute; t & eacute; sentenced last week by the Paris Court of Appeal in Paris & agrave; compensate 119 former railway workers for prejudice due to summer anxiety, after exposure to asbestos in their workplace, we learned from their lawyer on Tuesday.

The court condemned; the SNCF & agrave; pay a total of more than one million euros & ndash; 10,000 euros in damages and compensation & ldquo; & nbsp; in repair of the prejudice of anxiety & nbsp; & rsquo; & rsquo; & rsquo; & agrave; each of these 119 ex-employees & ndash; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; all retired & rsquo; now & rdquo ;, & rdquo; said & agrave; AFP Me Xavier Robin, confirming information from the Norman media Le Poulpe and the SUD-Rail union. Questioned by AFP, SNCF replied that it would & rsquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; no comment on this subject & nbsp; & rquo ;.

There are & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; 119 favorable and identical & rdquo; rulings, in & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rd ;, and & ld; & ld; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; 25 unsuccessful & rdquo; for cases that had not been & ldquo; not been & rsquo; sufficiently substantiated with testimonies from relatives or colleagues & nbsp; & raquo;, explained; the lawyer. These former railway workers mostly worked & ldquo; maintenance, in workshops, '' he said. This procedure had been completed. launched & ldquo; & nbsp; in 2013 in front of the prud & rsquo; men & rsquo;, he added & eacute ;.

More than in first instance

In 2019, the court rendered a first decision in favor of another former railway worker, condemning the SNCF & agrave; pay him & ldquo; & nbsp; 7,000 euros & nbsp; & raquo; damage and interest, reported the lawyer. The court had then & ldquo; & nbsp; forgotten & eacute; to hear the other cases, & rsquo;, he said. In the case judged in 2019, the rail group was not appealed to the cassation, he said.

In one of the 144 judgments delivered on December 16, consulted by AFP, the court notes that the former employee concerned & ldquo; & nbsp; worked on materials containing asbestos, by brushing or cutting them. The prejudice of anxiety is & ldquo; & ldquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; established & rdquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; and it & rsquo; s & rsquo; an & ldquo; anxiety & nbsp; anxiety; effective & raquo ;, emphasizes the court.

Hired in 1980, this former technical agent worked; & ldquo; & ldquo; throughout his career & nbsp; & rdquo; in a hardware maintenance shop, depending on the judgment. & Agrave; Against the SNCF, the court accepted a & ldquo; & nbsp; contractual breach & nbsp; & rdquo;, because the company & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; does not show to have put & rsquo; the disposal of its employee & oacute; suitable protective equipment, nor even having informed it; of the dangers he could incur & nbsp; & raquo ;. However, the employer must & ldquo; ensure safety; and protect health physical and mental & nbsp; & raquo; of its employees, recalls the court.

In a press release, SUD-Rail notes that this judgment & ldquo; & nbsp; does not end & agrave; the problem of asbestos & agrave; the SNCF, o & ugrave; & ldquo; Even today, there are serious breaches of safety obligations, & rdquo; the union accuses.