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Lancashire family renews appeal for information following man's asbestos death

Former joiner died from mesothelioma after asbestos exposure

Sheila and George Charlesworth in the 1960s

9 March 2017

The family of a man who died from an asbestos-related cancer have renewed their appeal for information from former colleagues. The new appeal comes after information was discovered about a previously unknown workplace.
George Charlesworth passed away in November 2014 at the aged of 79. It was only after a post mortem that his family discovered his death was a result of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. It can take many decades following exposure for the symptoms of mesothelioma to appear.
His wife Sheila and daughter Julie, both of Brierfield, have since been trying to gather information on the various places he worked over the years to determine whether he was exposed to asbestos in the workplace. George worked as a joiner and was based in the south of England in the 1950s and early 1960s, before moving back to Lancashire in the late 1960s.
Following information from the Inland Revenue, George’s family has recently discovered he worked for a man named John McKenna at a joinery business in Foundary Street, Burnley, between approximately 1970 to 1974.

On the basis of her discussions with him at the time, Sheila believes that her late husband may have been exposed to asbestos on a number of contracts during this period including the refurbishment of the Springbank Adult Training Centre, West Street, Padiham, and stripping out and refurbishing shops on Hammerton Street, including what is now Barclays Bank on St James Street.
Julie said: “It has now been more than two years since my father passed away and we are still trying to find information to help us determine where he was exposed to asbestos.
“He was a very active man but this disease made him very ill, very quickly and we are desperate to understand whether his death could have been prevented.
“I hope that anyone who has information about his employment will come forward.”
Helen Aston, partner at law firm Leigh Day’s industrial disease team based in Manchester, is representing the family.
She said: “Mesothelioma is a devastating disease. As part of our investigation into George’s case we are appealing for information from any of his former colleagues about the places where George worked to contact us.”
Anyone with information can contact Helen Ashton on 0161 393 3544.

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