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‘Help us find answers’ plead family of Little Hulton man in asbestos probe

The family of an electrician from Little Hulton who died from terminal cancer is appealing for his work colleagues to come forward and help with a probe into possible asbestos exposure.

Barry Walker was 71 when he passed away in July 2015.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer of the body’s cell linings – just a few months before his death.

The condition is usually associated with prolonged exposure to asbestos dust or fibres.

His children Jacquelyn Whale and Steven Walker launched a case with industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office to investigate whether steps could have been taken to prevent his death.

Solicitors are investigating whether their late father was exposed to asbestos while employed with CWS Engineering between 1965 and 1967.

The law firm are also searching for former colleagues to gather evidence on their working conditions.

Katrina London, an expert industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer which is nearly always caused by asbestos exposure.

“The dangers of asbestos have been known for some time now and protective measures should always be taken when workers come into contact with this hazardous material.

“We are asking for his former colleagues to come forward to provide information about the working conditions and asbestos at CWS Engineering. We are looking to speak to anyone who worked there between 1965 and 1967, particularly anyone who remembers asbestos being present.”

Barry’s daughter, Jacquelyn, said: “My dad’s death from this horrible illness was extremely difficult for him and our family.

“It is extremely upsetting to hear that his death could have been prevented. I can only hope that my dad’s former work mates come forward with any information they have”.

Anyone who thinks they may be able to help is asked to contact Katrina London at Irwin Mitchell on 0161 838 7262 or Katrina.London@IrwinMitchell.com or Claire McKay at Irwin Mitchell on 0161 838 3181 or Claire.McKay@IrwinMitchell.com.

Main image: Barry Walker worked on a number of building sites in Manchester during his time with CWS

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