Widow appeals for help from ex-workmates after man’s asbestos death

A grieving widow has issued an appeal for former High Peak work colleagues of her husband to come forward after he died from an asbestos-related disease.

Reg Williams, was employed by the building company, J W Swindells Ltd, in New Mills, between 1949 and 1961. During this period, he spent some time at a print works in Carbrook, Sheffield and was involved in repairing the factory, re-roofing and general building.

His widow, Jean Williams, believes Reg was asked to cut asbestos sheets to put under the roof, and saw asbestos sheets for fire-proofing at the print works.

She thinks her husband could have come into contact with asbestos again when working at the cotton mills in Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde.

Now she is asking for workplace witnesses to get in touch after Reg died from mesothelioma, the asbestos-related cancer. The UK’s leading legal specialists in asbestos litigation, law firm Charles Lucas & Marshall, are handling the case.

They are keen to get in touch with anyone who remembers Reg from Swindells, the Carbrook print works or the cotton mills. Said solicitor Brigitte Chandler;

“We are hoping to file a claim against the insurers relating to Mr Williams’s death. Anyone with information should ring me on 01793 511055 or e-mail me at Brigitte.chandler@clmlaw.co.uk in the utmost confidence.”