FORMER colleagues of a Doncaster factory worker are being urged to help him after he was diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer.
John Hartley Mason, 77, found out in March that he has lung cancer and is currently receiving hospital treatment.
Solicitors at Irwin Mitchell are now conducting an investigation into working conditions at his former employer, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).
Mr Mason worked for ICI, which was based in Wheatley Hall Road, between 1966 to 1967 and again between 1974 and 1975 as a fitter in the draw twist department.
Irwin Mitchell claim it is believed he was exposed to asbestos during these two periods when others were performing maintenance work on the steam pipes which were lagged with asbestos and ran thriough the premises.
The law firm is now appealing for anyone who worked at the firm in the 1960s or 70s to come forward as witnesses to help the case of Mr Mason of Swinton.
Helen Ashton, of Irwin Mitchell, said: “We have represented a number or former employees from ICI/British Nylon Spinners who have developed asbestos illnesses as a result of their exposure to asbestos at the company and we are appealing for any former colleagues who knew and worked alongside Mr Mason to come forward to assist with the legal claim by providing further details about the working processes and asbestos in the premises.
“Mesothelioma is an exceptionally aggressive form of cancer and can cause considerable pain and suffering to its victims and their families.
“About 2,000 people a year are developing this disease after being exposed to asbestos decades earlier, through no fault of their own.
“We would urge anybody who worked at ICI between 1966 and 1975, or indeed anyone who thinks they may have any relevant information about the company’s work processes at this time to come forward and help with our investigations.”
Contact Helen Ashton on 0114 274 4308.