Widow in call for details about late husband’s asbestos exposure

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In yet another sad reminder of the critical role now played by asbestos surveys in Birmingham, Yorkshire, Teesside and other parts of the United Kingdom, the widow of a Bradford man who was diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer and died only weeks later is calling for his former colleagues to assist by providing information on how he may have come into contact with the fatal fibres.

Jeffrey Rushworth died at the age of 82 on October 31 last year. Most of his working life had been spent as a shopfitter and joiner. In conjunction with asbestos disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, his widow Joan has requested that his one-time workmates get in touch to help with their investigation into how and when he may have breathed in the material over several decades.

Mr Rushworth worked for Makins in Bradford in the 1950s, moving onto Charles Castles – also based in the city – in the 1960s. His employer between 1969 and 1994 was Northern Design, another Bradford company. As explained by Irwin Mitchell’s specialist asbestos lawyer Mark Aldridge, Jeffrey’s diagnosis with the aggressive and incurable mesothelioma cancer arose so late that he was too ill to provide full details of his working life.

Aldridge added that “As a result, we are urging his former colleagues to come forward and answer the many questions that his family have about his exposure and the working conditions he endured, as well as what measures, if any, were in place to protect employees of these firms.”

Mrs Rushworth, 82, now a Bridlington resident, said that the couple had moved to there so that they could enjoy the Yorkshire coastline in their retirement. When her husband first began to show symptoms in early 2014, neither of them knew the cause of his health problems. She urged any of his former colleagues to come forward with information to assist her search for justice regarding his death.

Anyone with any knowledge of the working conditions at any of the firms for which Mr Rushworth worked are urged to get in touch with Mark Aldridge at Irwin Mitchell. Meanwhile, those individuals and organisations in need of asbestos surveys in Birmingham to help to safeguard future generations of workers may wish to contact Trident Surveying for the complete service.

Former textile worker died from asbestos exposure

Asbestos laggingIt’s not just tradesmen that can be regularly exposed to asbestos.A former textile worker from Bradford died earlier this year after being exposed to the dangerous material. It was found that the lady had been exposed unknowingly to asbestos most of her life.A hearing in Bradford was told that 69 year old Margaret Bentham of Thornton, Bradford died at her home in February this year after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.Having worked as a machinist in various factories in Bradford she may have been in contact with the deadly asbestos material most of her life.A post mortem examination found that Miss Bentham had died from malignant mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos.A written statement made with Miss Bentham’s solicitor’s before her death detailed her working history. For almost 22 years she had worked mainly repairing industrial garments such as overalls.The statement included her experiences in one of her previous jobs in the textile industry which was in a three storey, Victorian styled property in Vicar Lane, Bradford.In this property she sat about 10 feet away from three steam presses which had asbestos lagged pipes.Asbestos lagging is known to be one of the most dangerous materials containing asbestos. As stated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).Miss Bentham said that to get past the pipes she used to brush against them and that she would get dust on her and on the garments. She used to pat the dust of, which would mean that she would be inhaling the deadly fibres.In approximately 11 years at this workplace Miss Bentham could not remember the pipes being repaired or replaced.A verdict that she had died of industrial disease was recorded by Bradford assistant coroner Tim Ratcliffe.He said: “I am satisfied that during her working life she could have been exposed to fibres of asbestos which led to malignant mesothelioma.“It seems clear to me certainly that on the balance of probabilities that on that basis industrial disease is the appropriate verdict for this case.”

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