Family Of Industrial Cleaner Search For Answers After Mesothelioma Death

Expert Asbestos Lawyers Appeal For Information About Exposure


The devastated family of a man who died from a debilitating asbestos-related cancer just a few weeks after he was diagnosed are appealing for his former colleagues to come forward with information about his exposure to the deadly dust.

Thomas Patterson, who was nicknamed Floyd, from Orchard Park in Hull, died on 2 March 2013 just five days after his 57th birthday after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago, most likely throughout his working life.

He leaves behind three adult children, Dale, Laura and Donna who are devastated by the death of their dad and instructed specialist industrial illness lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate where he was exposed to asbestos and whether more could have been done to protect him at work.

Thomas worked for industrial cleaners GBI Industrial Services Limited, Caird Industrial Services Limited And Colt Industrial Services Limited, companies that were all based on Witty Street in Hull, between 1987 and 1995. Throughout his career it is believed he came into contact with asbestos as his work at times is understood to have included asbestos removal.
Mr Patterson first noticed he was becoming out of breath in July 2012 but thought he was just suffering from a virus. However by January 2013 his condition was so debilitating that he could no longer work and needed care from his family. By the time the diagnosis was made it was too late to do anything to try and extend Mr Patterson’s life span.

His son, Dale had just moved to Australia to work in the week before Mr Patterson’s illness became severe and had to fly back to the UK to look after his father in his final weeks.

Donna who lives in Hull said: “My father was never ill and had always gone to work without fail. When he became ill recently he just thought he was suffering from a cold at first. However, he was forced to come home from work on 14 January 2013 and from then on our lives changed. It was the worst day of my life and the illness took hold very fast.

“We were devastated to find out that his illness was probably caused by simply going to work every day over the years. We would like to urge anyone who knew or worked with our dad to come forward with any information to help us seek justice for him.”

Anyone with information about the working conditions at GBI Industrial Services Limited, Caird Industrial Services Limited or Colt Industrial Services Limited, is asked to contact Mark Aldridge at Irwin Mitchell on 0113 394 6757 or email