Family of ex-adult training centre worker seek answers relating to mesothelioma death

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With more cases of mesothelioma being brought to light than ever, the need for effective asbestos management and asbestos removal to help minimise the number of future cases is ever-growing.

A Lancashire family was left devastated after mesothelioma claimed the life of Jennifer Ashworth – a former adult training centre worker who died aged just 69.

Jennifer was diagnosed with the disease in October 2014, dying just four months later.

More about mesothelioma – the often-silent killer

 A form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs (and sometimes stomach), mesothelioma has a harrowingly low survival rate.

Mesothelioma differs from most other common types of cancer in that it can take decades for its symptoms to make themselves known to the sufferer. Unfortunately, by then, the cancer is in an advanced stage, often meaning that little can be done bar maintaining a fair quality of life for as long as possible.

In most cases – as with Jennifer’s – it means that sufferers only have a very short period of time before diagnosis and death.

Now, an appeal is being launched by Jennifer’s family – who are working closely with Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office – to investigate the circumstances in which she was exposed to the deadly material.

Information sought about adult training centre building 

 Jennifer worked at Lancashire County Council’s Springbank Adult Training Centre between 1968 and 2006 – almost 40 years – which led her and her family to believe that she was exposed to asbestos while working at the premises.

The building has since been demolished, leaving very little information behind to help Jennifer’s family in their search for information.

One detail that Jennifer did remember, however, is that the centre closed for a short period in the 1980s so that asbestos could be removed.

A family left devastated

 Jennifer’s brother, Simon, is now working alongside their extended family to contact anyone who worked at the Springbank centre during the same period as Jennifer, or anyone who worked there while asbestos was still present in the building.

He said: “The impact the mesothelioma diagnosis had on Jennifer was absolutely terrible to see and it was awful for us all to see her in so much pain… although we know nothing will bring her back, we are determined to understand how she came into contact with the substance and if more could have been done by her former employers to protect her.”

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Heartbroken Sunderland widow appeals for information after multiple relatives succumb to mesothelioma

In an all-too-familiar case, a family in the North East have been left devastated after an asbestos-related disease claimed the life of David Givens, a former joiner and shop fitter.

David was aged just 63 when he died in August of last year of mesothelioma, a disease caused primarily by exposure to asbestos fibres.

What is mesothelioma?

 Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that primarily attacks the lining of the lungs or the stomach. It is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres.

The disease often takes decades to be detected. By then, such is the aggressive nature of the disease in its later stages that it is often too late to do anything more than attempt to maintain the sufferer’s quality of life as much as possible.

David received his diagnosis three years before his death – a longer period of time than usual, as cases of mesothelioma are so often only diagnosed only months or even weeks before death.

 His widow, Pamela, is now working with lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to discover where David may have been exposed to the deadly material, and to attempt to trace his former colleagues who may hold relevant information.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that an asbestos-related disease has claimed the life of one of the members of Pamela’s family; “Nothing is going to bring David back to us but asbestos has claimed two members of our family now and we just want answers.”

A common occurrence

As mesothelioma has a habit of remaining undetected for decades, many cases of it are only just coming to light now.

According to data from Cancer Research, there were approximately 2,667 new cases of the disease diagnosed in the UK in 2013.

Although asbestos has been banned for use as a building material for over a decade now, it remains present in older buildings up and down the country. Services such as asbestos surveys,  asbestos management and safe asbestos removal are vital to ensure that younger generations don’t have to suffer through asbestos-related diseases.

To enquire about asbestos removal or any of the other acclaimed services that we offer here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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