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Family Of Saw Mill Labourer Appeal For Help In Asbestos Investigation

Law Firm Seeks Brackley Asbestos Victim’s Former Colleagues


The son of a man who died from an asbestos-related cancer is appealing for anyone who may have worked with his father at a saw mill to come forward and help clarify his exposure to the toxic substance.

Frederick Arthur Tillyer, known as Fred, lost his battle with an asbestos-related disease, believed to be asbestosis, at the start of January 2011 aged 71.

In 2010 Fred underwent several tests for increasing shortness of breath and chest tightness. He was visiting family in the USA during January 2011 when just a few days into that month he was diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and sadly died just days later.

Specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell were instructed by his family to help investigate how and why Frederick was exposed to the dangerous material.

Fred worked at Cape Asbestos on Iver Lane, Cowley, Uxbridge from approximately 1956 to 1958 working as a saw mill labourer cutting asbestos sheets but his family believe he was never given the appropriate protection from the deadly dust. Irwin Mitchell is seeking Fred’s former colleagues to help with their investigation into the working conditions to bring justice for his wife Jean and her two sons, Wayne and Gary.

Rajni Bharj, an asbestos-related disease expert at law firm Irwin Mitchell representing the family said: “For two years of Fred’s life he worked as a saw mill labourer actually cutting asbestos sheets but from the conditions he told his family about, he was not given adequate protection such as a face mask.

“I would like to urge anyone to come forward who may have worked at Cape Asbestos in Uxbridge during the time of Frederick’s employment in the 1950s so we can find answers and bring a sense of justice for Jean and his two sons.”

Commenting on their loss, Fred’s son Wayne, who lives in Brackley, Northamptonshire said: “We just want to find out exactly what conditions he worked in and why he was exposed to the harmful asbestos dust when employers should have known the dangers and been providing the appropriate safety measures.

“It was really sad to see him during the latter stages of his life; he could only walk 100 yards before he needed to stop. Hopefully someone out there worked at the same company during the 50s and can help shed some light on the working conditions.”

Anybody with relevant information should contact Rajni Bharj at Irwin Mitchell on 0121 214 6584 or email Rajni.Bhari@irwinmitchell.com.