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Widow appeals for information following husband’s death from mesothelioma

A woman is appealing for witnesses to come forward following the death of her husband, a former Southern Gas Board engineer who died from an asbestos-related cancer just one week after receiving the diagnosis.

Posted on 14 March 2024

Linda Hulbert, of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was married to Mick Hulbert for 53 years before his death aged 77 from mesothelioma, an incurable and aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Linda believes Mick came into contact with asbestos while working as an apprentice gas fitter and engineer for Southern Gas Board in the Aldershot and Farnham Depots.  Mick began his apprenticeship when he was aged 15 in 1961 and worked for Southern Gas Board until 1972. Linda recalls that Mick would perform a range of tasks during this time: cutting asbestos flue pipes to size and adjust them when fitting new boilers or replacing water heaters; using asbestos rope to seal joints on asbestos flue pipes; cutting Asbestolux boards to size to board up fireplaces so he could fit new gas fires; and removing asbestos gaskets when stripping down old boilers.  When Mick was aged 76 he developed shortness of breath and had a biopsy which came back clear, however, a second biopsy in November 2023 led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma on 7 December 2023. He died just a week later.  Linda turned to law firm Leigh Day to investigate how Mick may have come into contact with asbestos. The asbestos claims team are looking for former work colleagues to get in touch to supplement the information they have about where Mick was exposed to asbestos and how it was used in the workplace. 

Picture of Mick Hulbert
Picture of Mick Hulbert

 Linda Hulbert said:   “Mick and I were enjoying a well-deserved retirement together when this hit us out of the blue. We were taken on a rollercoaster of emotions whilst he underwent tests which were initially clear, before the devastation in December when he was formally diagnosed with mesothelioma. We had fully expected Mick to be coming home from hospital but matters took a turn for the worse in just a week and he died before we could really say goodbye. Words cannot describe just how sad and hollow I feel having lost Mick to mesothelioma.”  Helen AshtonLeigh Day asbestos claims partner said:  “Mick died incredibly quickly after he was told he had mesothelioma and so we didn’t get chance to speak to him personally about his work with the Southern Gas Board. We are appealing for any former colleagues of Micks or other gas fitters/engineers who worked out of the Aldershot and Farnham depots to get in touch with information about the use of asbestos to help supplement what we know about Mick’s asbestos exposure when working for the Southern Gas Board.”  If you can provide any relevant information please contact Helen Ashton via Madison Emmett by email at MEmmett@leighday.co.uk or by telephone on 0161 6725 286.

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