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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