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Family Of Electrician Who Died From Mesothelioma Appeal To His Former Workmates For Help

Specialist Industrial Disease Lawyers Helping Victim’s Family To Find Answers


The family of an electrician who died from the terminal asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma are appealing to his former workmates to come forward and help with an investigation into his asbestos exposure.


Barry Walker of Little Hulton, Manchester, died in July 2015, aged 71 just a few months after his mesothelioma diagnosis.


He was devastated by the news of his illness, as were his family who are continuing to fight for justice after his death.


Jacquelyn Whale and Steven Walker, the children of Mr Walker, have asked expert industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office to investigate their late father’s exposure to asbestos and find out whether steps could have been taken to prevent his death.


Barry’s children believe that their late father was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres through his employment with CWS Engineering between 1965 and 1967. He worked on various co-operative sites and industrial premises around Greater Manchester that contained asbestos. 


Katrina London, an expert industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said:


Expert Opinion
“Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer which is nearly always caused by asbestos exposure. The dangers of asbestos have been known for some time now and protective measures should always be taken when workers come into contact with this hazardous material.

“Sadly, no such protection appears to have been provided to Barry and he died very soon after his symptoms began.

“We are asking for his former colleagues to come forward to provide information about the working conditions and asbestos at CWS Engineering. We are looking to speak to anyone who worked there between the 1965 and 1967, particularly anyone who remembers asbestos being present."
Katrina London, Senior Associate

Barry's daughter, Jacquelyn, said: “My dad’s death from this horrible illness was extremely difficult for him and our family.


“It is extremely upsetting to know that his death could have been prevented. I can only hope that my dad’s former work mates come forward with any information they have“.


Anyone who thinks they may be able to help is asked to contact Katrina London at Irwin Mitchell on 0161 838 7262 or Katrina.London@IrwinMitchell.com or Claire McKay at Irwin Mitchell on 0161 838 3181 or Claire.McKay@IrwinMitchell.com.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our expert mesothelioma solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Asbestos-Related Disease Claims Guide for more information.

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