Fam­ily in mis­sion to find Jim’s work col­leagues

Man died aged 84 from mesothe­lioma thought to be due to as­bestos ex­po­sure

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE fam­ily of the late Wal­ter ‘Jim’ Han­cock have launched a wit­ness ap­peal in an ef­fort to find for­mer col­leagues who worked with him be­tween 1968 and 1996.

Mr Han­cock died aged 84 in De­cem­ber 2014 from mesothe­lioma, a form of lung can­cer thought to have been caused by sus­tained ex­po­sure to as­bestos when work­ing as a drafts­man across Brent­ford and Ruis­lip.

He worked for The Pyrene Com­pany Lim­ited be­tween 1968 and 1973.

At the time, the com­pany man­u­fac­tured fire­fight­ing equip­ment in Great West Road, Brent­ford. The Pyrene Com­pany Lim­ited was later taken over by Chubb Fire Se­cu­rity. The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries

Mr Han­cock worked for Tay­lor Woodrow Group from 1974 un­til 1996.

It is be­lieved he was based in the Ruis­lip area but he would travel to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.

The fam­ily of Mr Han­cock, known to friends and fam­ily as Jim, are now try­ing to trace for­mer work col­leagues in the hope they can pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about his work­ing con­di­tions.

His widow, Eileen, has ap­pointed law firm Hugh James to es­tab­lish whether he was ex­posed to as­bestos dur­ing his work­ing life.

Mrs Han­cock said: “Jim never re­ally spoke about his work, he was a quiet man who liked to keep him­self to him­self.

“He typ­i­cally wore a suit to work and would travel a lot. When we dis­cov­ered that he had mesothe­lioma and it could have been re­lated to as­bestos ex­po­sure we were very sur­prised.

“It was a big shock to us when Jim started to fall ill.

“Through­out his life he was in­cred­i­bly healthy and he used to love go­ing for a run down the canal.

“He was very ac­tive and gen­er­ally there wasn’t much he couldn’t do.

“To many of his friends he was also known as Wally Han­cock.

“We hope there are peo­ple who worked with Jim who can help us learn how and where he might have been ex­posed to as­bestos.

“It’s a harsh re­al­ity that many work­ers through­out that pe­riod were in con­tact with it as the dan­gers were sim­ply not known.”

Hay­ley Hawkins, so­lic­i­tor at Hugh James, added: “With only a lim­ited knowl­edge of Mr Han­cock’s em­ploy­ment his­tory, we are keen to speak to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the area that he might have had con­tact with dur­ing his work­ing life to see if we can learn more about his po­ten­tial as­bestos ex­po­sure.”

For­mer col­leagues og Wal­ter ‘Jim’ Han­cock can get in touch with law firm Hugh James by call­ing Hay­ley Hawkins on 0808 231 6604.

WORK­ING CON­DI­TIONS: Wal­ter ‘Jim’ Han­cock died from a form of lung can­cer

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