Devastated Daughter Appeals For Help In Asbestos Investigation After Father's Death

Specialist Industrial Disease Lawyers helping victim to find answers


The heartbroken daughter of a former Manchester labourer and gas main fitter is appealing to his former workmates for help in an asbestos investigation after he died of an industrial disease.

Peter Eugene Morgan, known as Eugene, originally from Castleblayney in Ireland, died in April 2014, aged 68, after losing his battle with mesothelioma which is a cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos dust and fibres.

His only daughter, Gean Prinn, has instructed expert industrial disease lawyers at law firm Irwin Mitchell to investigate his exposure to asbestos at the various places he worked and find out if steps could have been taken to prevent his cancer.

Eugene’s daughter Gean, from Swinton, Manchester believes her father was exposed to asbestos during his time working for building company Fram Gerard in Salford, Manchester. Eugene worked for Fram Gerard between 1965 and 1972 as a labourer. One of the sites he worked on was the construction of a large Manchester University medical facility on Grafton Street, just off Upper Brook Street. 

There were a variety of tradesmen on the site, laggers, pipe fitters, electricians, welders etc all working on the construction of the building together and Gean is appealing for his former work mates to help provide further information about the conditions on this site. 

Eugene then worked for Kennedy Civil Engineering Limited in Manchester from 1972 to 1980 and again between 1984 and 1992 laying gas and water mains and recovering redundant pipes which were made from asbestos. 

His daughter Gean, backed by her legal team at Irwin Mitchell, is now appealing to her father’s former mates to come forward with information about the working conditions at Fram Gerard and Kennedy Civil Engineering and how her father may have been exposed to asbestos. We would like to find out if more could have been done to protect Eugene during his employment. 

Charlotte Hobday, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office representing Gean, said: “Gean is seeking answers about why her hard-working father was put in such grave danger simply because he went to work every day. We urge anyone who may have worked with Eugene during the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s at Fram Gerard and Kennedy Civil Engineering, to come forward as you may be able to help with the investigation and help Eugene’s daughter achieve the justice she deserves.

“The dangers of asbestos have been known since the turn of the last century. Employers should have taken measures to reduce the likelihood of workers coming into contact with the material. They should have provided protective clothing especially respirators.

“There are so many people suffering from asbestos-related diseases now as a result of the failings of their employers years ago - it is a scandal.

“We hope that Eugene’s former work mates come forward with information about the sites he worked at and help answer the many questions his family have about his exposure as well as what measures, if any, were in place to protect employees like him.”

Gean, said: “It was a complete shock to lose my dad to an illness which he contracted simply from going to work every day and doing his job. As a family we are devastated that he was diagnosed with this terminal illness and his retirement years were cruelly taken away from him.

“I urge anyone who worked with him at his various places of employment and companies in Manchester to come forward with the information we need to move the case forward and ensure justice is done.”

Anyone with any information about the working conditions at the sites Eugene worked at is asked to contact Charlotte Hobday at Irwin Mitchell on 0161 838 2381 or email