Former sweet factory worker in asbestos scare Sweeping floor may have caused asbestos-related illness 11.10.2006 11 October 2006 A woman from Yorkshire fears that volunteering to sweep factory floors for sweet giant Trebor Bassett may have caused her asbestos-related illness. Asbestos fibres Former Trebor Bassett worker Ann Howe, 62, who worked for the firm in Sheffield for 30 years from 1967, fears that when she volunteered to sweep the factory to earn overtime pay, she may have inhaled deadly asbestos fibres which have made her seriously ill. Mrs Howe worked in various capacities from a general factory worker to a machine operator to serving tea in the canteen. Lung condition caused by asbestos To earn extra money she often volunteered, with other staff, to sweep and clean the factory, which makes fruit gums and Liquorice Allsorts, during shut-downs and at weekends. However, when she became affected by breathlessness, a chest X-ray at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital, showed she was suffering from diffuse pleural thickening, a lung condition caused by asbestos fibres. Asbestos illness The illness makes her tired and in discomfort and constantly out of breath. It has now got so bad that she has been forced her to move to a flatter area because she gets out of breath so quickly. She said: "I was stunned when the chest consultant told me I had an asbestos-related illness and, when he explained the time it takes to become apparent, it fits with when I was working at the factory. "There was always a lot of dust around when we cleaned the factory and some of it was in the air. Can we help you? If you or someone you know has been effected by a similar matter, our solicitors can help. Visit our asbestos related diseases section. Press contact James Clarke Press Officer +44 (0)161 838 3169 Email James Related articles 17.07.2018Mother Seeks Answers After Baby Is Left ‘In Agony’ Allegedly After Drinking Aptamil Formula 16.07.2018Family Speak Out After Driver Who Caused Fatal Accident Is Sentenced 16.07.2018Parents Of Bradford Man Who Committed Suicide ‘After NHS Trust Failings’ Demand Mental Health Improvements 16.07.2018Leeds Sets Employment Growth Standard In Q1 2018 16.07.2018Wimbledon Champion Alfie Hewett Becomes Irwin Mitchell’s Superhero Tri Team Captain 16.07.2018Manchester 'Enjoyed Employment Boost At Start Of 2018'