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Family Of Man Killed By Asbestos Launch Appeal For Answers Regarding His Death

Loved Ones And Lawyers Seek Information On Two Employers

07.11.2018

James Clarke, Press Officer | +44 (0)161 838 3169

The family of a former London County Council worker who died last year just two months after being diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer have joined with lawyers to appeal for his former workmates to come forward and help them gain justice regarding his death.

Ronald Dennis Twinley, who also worked for Ford, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung associated with asbestos exposure, at the start of April 2017 and then sadly passed away two months later, aged 86, on June 7th.

Following his death, his daughter Rhonda, 57, instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his illness and ultimately whether he may have been exposed to the deadly material during his working life.

Now, as part of their ongoing investigations, the legal experts are seeking more information on whether he may have come into contact with asbestos while working for London County Council in the early 1960s or during his time at Ford Motor Company from 1962 to 1974.

Rosemary Giles, the Partner and asbestos-related disease expert at Irwin Mitchell who is representing Ronald’s family, said: 

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“Ronald’s story is sadly like a great number that we see in our work, with his mesothelioma diagnosis coming many years after his exposure to asbestos is thought to have taken place.

“We have been working hard to develop a clear picture of his working life and would be hugely grateful to anyone who can provide detail regarding whether he may have been exposed to asbestos at these two employers.

“Any information no matter how small could make a significant difference to our efforts to help his family gain justice.”
Rosemary Giles, Partner

Ronald worked as a painter, decorator and repairman for London County Council between 1961 and 1962. He worked on buildings in areas like Chigwell and East London and the job involved a range of tasks related to artexed ceilings, as well as the removal of damaged panels and stud walls. It is thought he may have been exposed to asbestos while working on shed and garage roofs made of the material.

In contrast, he worked on the production line, paint trim and body shop, and in quality control for Ford Motor Company at the Dagenham site in the 1960s and 1970s. It is believed he may have come into contact with asbestos while working with both brake pads and linings.

His daughter Rhonda said: “We were all devastated to get the news that Dad had mesothelioma. It was awful to see how the illness affected him so quickly and it is hard to believe he is no longer with us.

“We are keen to get some answers regarding how his mesothelioma emerged and would appreciate help from anyone who may be able to provide the information we require.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Rosemary Giles at Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office on 01223 791 810 or email Rosemary.Giles@IrwinMitchell.com.

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