Too many families left devastated by asbestos

asbestosHuddersfield Royal Infirmary construction linked to former joiner’s death

The team here at Trident Asbestos Solutions is all too familiar with news stories like the following, which also continue to demonstrate the very real need today for appropriate asbestos management and asbestos removal.

In this instance, it’s a family from Huddersfield that has been left heartbroken after the death of beloved husband, father and grandfather Edward Brian King last November. King died from mesothelioma, a terminal cancer caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres.

A search for answers

After his devastating diagnosis, King – known to his family and friends as Brian – contacted Irwin Mitchell’s expert asbestos disease lawyers to establish whether additional precautions could have been taken to shield him from the health risks posed by the lethal fibres.

King recalled encountering asbestos while working on the construction of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary at Lindley in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Sadly, he was too ill to provide additional information about his contact with the deadly substance.

This has led his family and their lawyers to call for other people who assisted in building the hospital to provide further details.

Too many families left devastated by asbestos

Like many who are diagnosed with mesothelioma, Brian only had a short battle with the disease before his passing. This often arises due to the tendency of mesothelioma to lie dormant for decades without showing any obvious symptoms.

Brian leaves a widow, Beryl, and three daughters, Beverly, Susan and Jayne. Beverley, who is continuing the legal case on her father’s behalf, commented: “We miss our dad terribly. Mum and dad had been married for 57 years. Dad was a keen cricket fan. He used to play for his local team in Connah’s Quay (Deeside) but had to give up playing because of an injury. He was a keen armchair football fan, following Huddersfield Town, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Liverpool FC.

“Any information those who worked on the construction of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in the 1960s can provide will help us to understand what happened to our dad. We believe dad was working for contractors called Tersons Ltd when he was on the site. We want to find out if they were the main contractors on the site.”

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