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I am a Partner in the Cambridge and London offices and have been handling cases for victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease generally for 25 years. I travel extensively within the East Anglian region, visiting patients in their homes to offer advice and assistance. I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
“Asbestos was commonly used in the construction of public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, due to its fire retardant and insulating properties.
“Sadly, as the substance deteriorates and falls into disrepair it can pose a danger to the health of those who come into contact with the dust and fibres releases. Clearly, in this case, the decision has been taken to protect staff and pupils from the potential dangers posed.
“The delayed opening of the school for the new term should act as a reminder of the need to improve the way the presence of asbestos in schools in monitored and managed. It is also important that, where possible, asbestos is safely removed from public buildings to protect those who use them on a daily basis.”
“Ann has been left devastated by Brian’s death earlier this year and she is desperate for answers about how and where he came into contact with the asbestos that caused him to develop mesothelioma.
“We know from our experience how heartbreaking it can be for the friends and family of those diagnosed with mesothelioma, and it has been no different for Ann and the rest of the family. We want to hear from anyone who recalls working with Brian, particularly during his time at Stockley & Dighton, in the hope that the information they can provide will help Ann get the answers she wants.
“We would like to hear from anyone who worked with Brian, those with information on the presence of asbestos at the sites he worked at, the safety measures in place to prevent exposure to asbestos and if employees were warned of the dangers asbestos posed to their health.”
“Sadly, in our work we regularly come across cases like Anthony’s, where people are diagnosed with this extremely aggressive disease long after they have finished working.
“We are determined to help provide Anthony’s family with the answers they need about their husband, father and grandfather’s exposure to asbestos and if more could and should have been done to warn him of the dangers of asbestos and to prevent inhaling the deadly substance.
“We would like to hear from anyone who recalls working alongside Anthony at Maryatt & Scott Ltd in the mid to late 1960s and those who worked with him at Platt Shindler’s Lifts Limited, which later became Schindler’s Lifts Limited, between 1968 and 1988.
“Anyone with information on the warnings provided to employees about the dangers of asbestos, the protective equipment, if any, made available to workers or the working conditions at the firms should contact us as soon as possible to help Anthony’s widow Gill, his daughters and his grandchildren get the answers they deserve.”
“The nature of our work means we see first-hand the terrible consequences that asbestos exposure can have on so many lives, not just victims affected by conditions such as mesothelioma but also their loved ones.
“Asbestos exposure has long been regarded as something that only happens in heavy industry, but the presence of the material in so many public buildings such as schools and hospitals means that more and more people who are not working in traditional construction trades are being affected.
“Having seen the devastation that asbestos exposure in schools and public buildings has caused our clients and their families, we have repeatedly called for a dedicated programme to identify public buildings across the country containing asbestos.
“Therefore, it is promising to see that the government is recognising the importance in the removal of asbestos, and the impact in health it can have with this being a high priority for the CIF cases.”