Widow Calls For Late Husband’s Former Colleagues To Assist With Asbestos Investigation

Specialist Lawyers Seek Former Tool Room Machinist’s Ex-Colleagues To Help Gain Justice For His Family

28.08.2014

The devastated widow of a man who died from the terminal cancer mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago, is appealing for her late husband’s former colleagues to help with an investigation into how and when he came to be exposed to the deadly dust. 

Father of three daughters, James Stewart (known to his friends as Jimmy), died in April last year aged 74, approximately six months after he started experiencing discomfort and shortness of breath as a result of a tumour on his left lung. He had sought medical advice in October and November 2012 for his symptoms and in April 2013 sadly passed away. 

His family instructed specialist industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office after a post-mortem confirmed that he died from mesothelioma a condition caused by exposure to deadly asbestos fibres decades ago. 

Together with the family, expert lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are now appealing for Mr Stewart’s former work colleagues to help provide information on the working conditions  at Howmet Misco Limited.

Growing up in Glasgow, James served in the Merchant Navy in the 1960s before taking employment at Howmet Misco Limited – now a division of Alcoa, based in Exeter – working as a skilled tool room machinist from 1971 where he ground, filed, milled and carried out general lathe work until his retirement at the age of 64.

Before his death, James recounted how he regularly used to cut insulation blocks which were then used on big furnaces to insulate the various components. The nature of these blocks, which contained asbestos, meant that James was probably exposed to the deadly dust whilst simply performing this part of his everyday role.  

Expert Opinion
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos many years ago.

“We have been able to obtain some information about how Mr Stewart was exposed to asbestos from Mr Stewart’s family but we are now seeking any further information which any of his former colleagues at Howmet Misco Limited might be able to provide to help shed some light on his working conditions.”
Phoebe Osborne, Solicitor
James’ widow says: “Jim was a kind and generous man and a devoted husband and father. He was a proud Scotsman and was often heard playing the trumpet on his lunch-breaks at work, apparently. Throughout his time at Howmet Jim was heavily involved in the Union, helping fellow workers, but well respected by managers as well.” 

Anyone who may be able to help with information about the working conditions at Howmet Misco Limited during the 1970’s and 80’s is asked to contact Phoebe Osborne on 0117 926 1549 or email phoebe.osborne@Irwinmitchell.com.

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