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Witness appeal following asbestos-related death after exposure at Heathrow Airport

The family of a man who worked as a security officer at Heathrow Airport for more than 30 years is appealing for information following his death from an asbestos-related disease.

Posted on 07 September 2023

Thomas Longhurst died in February 2022, aged 73, of mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He had worked at Heathrow Airport, mostly in Terminal 3, from 1985 -2016, and it is believed that this is where he indirectly came into contact with asbestos.

Maintenance work was often carried out in the terminal during Thomas’ shifts. He also recalled work going on including the ceilings and air conditioning units. This meant he worked within close vicinity of contractors that may have been disturbing asbestos.

Thomas Longhurst

Thomas was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2021, he sadly passed away a few months later. His family has instructed industrial disease specialists Leigh Day.

They would like to speak to any contractors who carried out work in Terminal 3 at the London based airport involving asbestos materials or any airport staff who recall witnessing contractors disturbing asbestos between 1985 and 2016 who may be able to provide more detail about the ways in which asbestos materials were disturbed and/or removed.

As well as contractors and airport staff, help is sought from anybody who worked with Thomas and can provide any information on how he may have been exposed to asbestos or can recall ongoing construction works within the terminal during his period of employment.

Thomas’ family said:

“Thomas served many loyal, hardworking years at Heathrow.  He was just starting to settle into his retirement with his family and was excited to meet his new grandchildren - who he sadly never met.

“Following his diagnosis, Thomas had just a few short months. He experienced a lot of pain and suffering. An otherwise fit and keen cyclist, sports fan and walker, Thomas’ decline was very quick and ultimately his life was cut short too early.

“Our Husband, Dad and Grandad is missed beyond measure, and we would very much appreciate any information received from anyone who can help.”

Louisa Saville, asbestos claims solicitor at Leigh Day, said:

“We are hoping to help Thomas’ family by locating other people who worked at Heathrow Terminal 3 who can provide further details about the ways in which his asbestos exposure occurred.

“Any information is very much appreciated by Thomas’ widow and family.”

Anyone who has information can contact Louisa on 0161 804 0761 or email lsaville@leighday.co.uk

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