Information Sought On Working Conditions At Joinery Firm
The family of a former York factory worker are appealing to his ex-colleagues for help following his death from an asbestos-related disease.
Raymond Guest, from Haxby, York, died from asbestosis, which is a scarring of the lungs linked to breathing in asbestos fibres, often decades previously.
Following the 76-year-old’s death, his son Richard, instructed asbestos-related disease experts at Irwin Mitchell to investigate.
Raymond’s family and their legal team are now marking Workers’ Memorial Day by appealing for information about how he was exposed to the asbestos that claimed his life.
They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who worked for York joinery firm Heppell Shops and Interiors Limited. Raymond worked in the factory in Aldwark, York in the early 1960’s.
Expert Opinion“Raymond’s death is yet another reminder of the terrible legacy of asbestos, with most people going on to develop illness many years after the initial exposure has occurred.
His loved ones understandably remain devastated by their loss and still have many questions over what caused Raymond to become ill.
While nothing can make up for what the family have been through, we’re determined to provide them with the answers they deserve.
Therefore we would be grateful if anyone who worked for this company could come forward with information on the working conditions they faced. Any detail could prove vital to the investigation.”
Dominic Riley - Solicitor
Raymond was diagnosed with asbestosis and died in November 2019.
Raymond’s son Richard, 50, said: “When we lost dad, we were truly devastated and still find it difficult to come to terms with.
“While nothing can turn back the clock and change what happened, there are still so many questions we have about dad’s illness and getting answers these will help us honour his memory.
“We would be so grateful if anyone could come forward and help us.”
Anyone with information that could assist with this case can contact Dominic Riley on 0113 394 6829 or by e-mail at Dominic.Riley@IrwinMitchell.com.
Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April to remember those who have died as a result of their employment, and campaigns to improve health and safety standards in the workplace and increase protection for employees.