Heartbroken Widow Seeks Justice For Husband After Mesothelioma Death

Specialist Asbestos-Related Disease Lawyers Investigating North London Man’s Exposure To Deadly Dust


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The heartbroken widow of a former factory worker is appealing to his ex-colleagues to come forward with vital information she needs to secure justice after he died from an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago.

Clive Brimmell died at the age of just 59 in November 2013 after suffering with peritoneal mesothelioma which affects the abdomen. His widow, Eileen, from Welwyn Garden City, has since instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate where her husband came into contact with the deadly substance.

It takes decades from contact with asbestos before symptoms of illness develop and, unfortunately, Clive passed away before he was able to provide details of his exposure. His wife believes he may have come into contact with asbestos during his employment at GKN Lincoln Electric, between approximately 1979 and 1985 when he worked at the Nabisco cereal factory in Welwyn Garden City.

His role at GKN Lincoln Electric involved manufacturing welding rods, which may have contained asbestos, as the substance was often utilised for its heat resistant and insulating properties.   

It is thought Clive may also have been exposed to asbestos while working as a foreman at the Nabisco factory, which was also known as the ‘Shredded Wheat factory’, as the property contained asbestos lagged pipework which Clive could have been exposed to whilst carrying out his duties.

Eileen, who was married to Clive for 30 years is now urging his former workmates to come forward with information on the working conditions at the two factories and what measures, if any, were in place to prevent workers being exposed to asbestos.

Natalia Rushworth, an expert asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell leading the case, said: 

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Sadly Clive passed away before he could tell us about his exposure to asbestos and if he was provided with any protective equipment while working for GKN Lincoln Electric and at the Nabisco cereal factory.

“We hope Clive’s former colleagues will be able to provide us with the information we need to understand how he was exposed to asbestos, which caused his peritoneal mesothelioma and left him in so much pain.

“We would like to hear from anyone with knowledge of the working conditions at the two factories and what information was provided to workers concerning the risks associated with asbestos.”
Natalia Rushworth-White, Solicitor

Mother-of-one Eileen, said: “Clive went through an incredible amount of pain and suffering as a result of the mesothelioma. It’s heartbreaking to think that it was simply because he went to work every day.

“We were absolutely devastated to lose Clive at such a young age and in such a terrible way and I feel like many years of happiness have been taken away from us as a result of Clive simply going to work to provide for his family.

“No amount of money will make up for the loss of my husband, but we hope that Clive’s former work colleagues will come forward and supply the crucial information our legal team at Irwin Mitchell require to hold those responsible for Clive’s exposure to asbestos to account.”

Anyone who worked alongside Clive at GKN Lincoln Electric and at the Nabisco cereal factory during the 1980s, or can provide information on his exposure to asbestos and any safety measures in place to prevent it, should contact Natalia Rushworth at Irwin Mitchell on 0370 1500 100 or email Natalia.Rushworthwhite@IrwinMitchell.com

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