Family Asks Lawyers To Investigate Former Labourer’s Mesothelioma Death
The devastated widow of a Sheffield dad-of-two killed by asbestos-related cancer is appealing to his former workmates for help in establishing how he developed the illness that claimed his life.
William Iggo, known as Bill, died from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos, often decades previously. He was 85.
Following his death, in July 2022, Bill’s widow Edna, 86, instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate her late husband’s illness and whether it could be linked to his work history.
Edna is now joining with her legal team in using Action Mesothelioma Day on 7 July to appeal to Bill’s former colleagues for information on the working conditions he may have faced. In particular, they’re seeking details from anyone who worked alongside Bill at the former engineering and manufacturing company Ambrose Shardlow, which later became known as GKN Shardlow, in Sheffield, between 1964 and 1997.
Expert Opinion“One year on, Bill’s death from mesothelioma continues to have a profound impact on his loved ones, particularly Edna who understandably remains devastated by her loss.
“What happened to Bill is also a stark reminder of the legacy left behind by asbestos, with the effects of it often coming to light several decades after exposure has initially occurred.
“While nothing will bring her husband back, Edna is determined to obtain the answers she deserves in order to honour Bill’s memory, and we’ll support her in doing this.
“Sadly, Bill was found to have mesothelioma after he died, so we currently have limited information on how he could have been exposed. We would therefore be grateful to hear from anyone who worked with Bill and may be able to shed some light on the conditions he faced. Any detail could prove vital to our investigation.
“Action Mesothelioma Day is also an important opportunity to remind people of the very real dangers still posed by asbestos.” Nick Woods, Asbestos-Related Disease expert
Bill’s employment with the former Ambrose Shardlow commenced in 1964 and he remained there for more than 30 years. He started as a general labourer before becoming a forklift truck driver and finally an induction hardener which involved heating metal to strengthen it.
Around early 2022, Bill began suffering from breathlessness. He became too unwell to undergo the necessary biopsies and a diagnosis of mesothelioma was confirmed after he died.
At the time of his death, Bill and Edna had been married for 65 years. The couple had two children, Deborah, 62, and Richard, 50.
Bill enjoyed classical music, particularly the work of Puccini. He also enjoyed reading, especially science-fiction or fantasy books. In his younger years, he was a keen fisherman, taking trips to Eire with Richard or going on days out to the Trent or other local fishing spots. He enjoyed working with his hands and performing woodworking tasks for his family.
Edna said: “Bill had always been relatively fit and well so when he started complaining of being out of breath, we thought it was maybe a chest infection
“His condition deteriorated so quickly and it was awful to see him get worse knowing that there was nothing I could do. After he passed away, we were told he had mesothelioma and it came as a huge shock to all of us.
“He was the best husband and dad, and he loved nothing more than spending time with family. It’s still so difficult to come to terms with him no longer being here and every day is a constant struggle since we lost him.
“To find out that Bill’s work may have been to blame for his illness was another huge blow. He had been with the company for over three decades and it’s terribly upsetting to think he was potentially being put at risk all that time.
“It’s possible that asbestos may have been present in lagged pipes or in the brakes of the forklift trucks, but we currently don’t know, so I would really appreciate it if any of Bill’s ex workmates could help with the investigation. I want to honour my husband’s memory and getting these answers is the least he deserves.”
Anyone with information that may assist with this case is asked to contact Nick Woods at Irwin Mitchell on 0114 274 4292 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Held every year, Action Mesothelioma Day brings together victims of the disease, those who have loved ones affected, healthcare professionals, support groups and those working to understand mesothelioma and find a cure. The day aims to ensure the public are also aware of the terrible impact mesothelioma can have on sufferers and their carers.