The tragic impact of asbestos continuing to be felt

Family of Doncaster man appeals for information after asbestos-related death

In the latest of a series of events that we still see all too often – and which highlight the continuing need for such services as asbestos removal contractor audits – the family of a Doncaster man are appealing for information after his untimely asbestos-related death last year.

Mick Torr was 67 when he died of mesothelioma – a terminal cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs and is caused primarily by the inhalation of asbestos fibres.

The tragic impact of asbestos continuing to be felt

When an asbestos-related disease is diagnosed, many sufferers and their families are understandably anxious to discover how exposure to the lethal fibres occurred. Often, clues can be found in the sufferer’s work history.

Mesothelioma also often does not present symptoms until many years after the sufferer’s initial asbestos exposure, which helps to explain why so many diagnoses are only just being made now.

A search for answers

In the case of Mr Torr, it is believed that his career as a roofer and joiner from the ’60s through to the ’80s led to his coming into contact with the now-banned building material.

Helen Grady, a spokesperson for solicitors and industrial disease firm Simpson Millar, said Mr Torr had confirmed that “during his lifetime he worked with asbestos boards and asbestos roof panels.

“Most of the time he worked up on the roof of many buildings, many of which were the standard asbestos cement corrugated panels. He regularly had to handle asbestos roof panels when repairing or putting up new roof panels.

“He recalled that he had to cut up asbestos with circular saws regularly. This process would release asbestos dust onto his hands and clothing. Sometimes he recalled using hand saws for finer work, plus nailing it into position and this released clouds of asbestos dust into his face.”

Ms Grady described Mr Torr’s case as “particularly sad” given his relatively low levels of asbestos exposure, while acknowledging that even “very low” asbestos dust levels could pose a risk. Mick is survived by two daughters, Sharon and Rachel, and a son, Stuart.

Here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, it is our wish to do what we can to help prevent similar tragedies in the years to come that motivates us to offer our complete suite of asbestos services, including asbestos removal contractor audits. Please get in touch with our team today to learn more about them.



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