Daugh­ter’s hunt for clues after dad’s as­bestos death


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By HE­LEN JOHN­SON

A WOMAN who lost her dad to a deadly as­bestos dis­ease is hop­ing to find his for­mer col­leagues.

James Spencer died in July 2016 – 13 days be­fore his 81st birth­day - after de­vel­op­ing the fa­tal as­bestos dis­ease, mesothe­lioma.

James worked as a fire equip­ment main­te­nance op­er­a­tor.

His daugh­ter, Tracey, is now urg­ing for­mer col­leagues of her father to come for­ward.

She is be­ing sup­ported by Thomp­sons So­lic­i­tors.

Tracey said: “My dad’s di­ag­no­sis came as a com­plete shock to our fam­ily, but the fact it was be­cause of as­bestos ex­po­sure has left us with more ques­tions than an­swers.

“I’m hop­ing that some­one who used to work with my dad, or who used to work at the companies gen­er­ally, will see this and be able to pro­vide us with in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tions he worked in.

“We’re hop­ing this will give us some clo­sure on his death, be­cause at the mo­ment we don’t know how he was ex­posed to the toxic sub­stance that took his life.”

Ali­son Barnard, of Thomp­sons So­lic­i­tors, added: “As­bestos-re­lated dis­eases cause thou­sands of deaths ev­ery year, and are pre­dicted to be the big­gest in­dus­trial killer of all time.

“Thomp­sons So­lic­i­tors brought the first-ever suc­cess­ful case for as­bestos dis­ease com­pen­sa­tion to the House of Lords in 1972, and has con­tin­ued to sup­port those af­fected by as­bestos ever since.

“It is vi­tally im­por­tant that we find more in­for­ma­tion about James’ work­ing con­di­tions so we can sup­port his fam­ily with a claim.

“If you worked with James and have in­for­ma­tion about the work­ing con­di­tions please con­tact us as you could pro­vide the an­swers that Tracey and her fam­ily are so des­per­ately look­ing for.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the work­ing con­di­tions at ei­ther em­ployer is asked to con­tact Ali­son Barnard at Thomp­sons So­lic­i­tors’ Manchester of­fice, on 0161 819

James Spencer, who died after de­vel­op­ing mesothe­lioma

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