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Cumbrian man pleads for asbestos witnesses to help secure justice

Terminal mesothelioma claim


A Carlisle pensioner and his family are searching for information after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a terminal asbestos related disease.

Mesothelioma diagnosis

Thomas Minns, of Nelson Street, Carlisle has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a terminal form of lung cancer caused as a result of asbestos exposure.

Mr Minns, who has lived and worked in Carlisle most of his life, believes that he may have been exposed to asbestos during his previous employment. He worked as a painter and decorator for local company Albert Bradley between 1940 and 1970. They undertook yearly contract work at the Millers sh factory at Cockermouth. He also worked for the North West Electricity Board from 1972 to 1975 painting sub stations as well as other Board premises.


Exposure to asbestos

82 year old Thomas Minns, known to friends as Tommy believes that he may have been exposed to the deadly asbestos in either, or both periods of employment and are appealing for witnesses who worked for Albert Bradley or in the Millers factory between 1940 and 1970, or at NORWEB between 1972 and 1975 who may be able to provide information about asbestos within the premises.

Newcastle-based personal injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell are acting for Mr Minns and are investigating a claim for compensation against his previous employers.

Solicitor, Lucy Hindmarch is confident that a case can be brought if a source of asbestos exposure can be confirmed.

She said: Mr Minns, is a hard working local family man, who did his job, with pride to the highest standards. He never asked questions of what he was told to do and is the innocent victim of a terrible asbestos related illness which could and should have been prevented. Im appealing for witnesses to come forward to confirm that he was exposed to asbestos.

There is evidence that asbestos may have been present in the Millers factory where he was employed each year to carry out spring cleaning. As a painter he would have to prepare the areas of work before he carried out the painting which included sanding down woodwork and pipe work. There is also evidence that there may have been asbestos doors at the various sub stations he attended whilst working for NORWEB as well as lagging around boilers etc in their offices.

Ideally, we would like to hear from people who can tell us about the working environment for these companies or who have pursued a claim against any of them in the past.

Any information, no matter how small may assist me in securing justice for Mr Minns and his family who are having to live with the legacy left by employers who failed to protect their workers from exposure to deadly asbestos.

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