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

REG WILLIAMS -- died from an asbestos-related disease.
REG WILLIAMS -- died from an asbestos-related disease.

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 Whiteladies Road, 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.

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