Widow Appeals For Information After Laundry Machine Engineer’s Apprentice Asbestos Death

Former Colleagues Asked For Help In Search For Answers

17.11.2015

The widow of a former laundry machine engineer apprentice who died from asbestos-related cancer earlier this year has joined with specialist lawyers to call for information regarding how he was exposed to the material.

Andrew Farley, known as Monty by everyone who was from London but lived in Shipdham, Norfolk at the time of his death, passed away aged 69 in June a few weeks after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos materials.

His widow Sandra, who was married to him for 45 years, has now instructed specialist asbestos lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate how he came into contact with the material. As part of their work, they are calling for anyone who worked with Monty  to provide further information on the working conditions he faced.

They specifically believe that Monty may have been exposed to the material during his work for Wood Green-based company Laundry Maintenance Services (LMS), formerly known as P&W Howard, between 1961 and 1967.

During his time there, he worked on the installation of machinery in laundrettes across the country include at several US airbases. It is thought he may have been exposed to asbestos from the boilers and pipework lagged with the material during such work.

Expert Opinion
“Monty’s story is not unlike many others we hear during our work on such cases, with a person developing mesothelioma seemingly many years after being exposed to asbestos during their working life.

“We are now keen to hear from anyone who may have worked with Monty at LMS to come forward with any information they may have regarding the working conditions he may have faced.

“Such information could be vital in helping us ensure that his loved ones get access to the vital financial support they deserve in relation to his illness.”
Rosemary Giles, Partner

Sandra Farley said: “Seeing Monty struggle with mesothelioma was terrible to watch and the whole family misses him so much everyday. It is horrible to think that he may have developed such problems simply by doing his job on a daily basis.

“All we want is to be able to understand how he came to develop such a devastating illness and any information that former colleagues may have could be so important.”

Anyone with information about Monty Farley and his work at LMS should contact Rosemary Giles at Irwin Mitchell on 01223 791810 or email rosemary.giles@irwinmitchell.com.