South Yorkshire asbestos exposure plea

Doncaster Royal Infirmary. DRI. (Picture: CHRIS BULL HospitalD3707CB)
Doncaster Royal Infirmary. DRI. (Picture: CHRIS BULL HospitalD3707CB)

Diseases potentially caused by the presence of asbestos in South Yorkshire workplaces are being investigated by solicitors.

Witnesses are being sought by Thrings, on behalf of clients whose relatives later contracted asbestos-related illnesses.

One is the daughter of the former clerk of works at Sheffield Regional Hospital Board and Trent Regional Health Authority from the mid 1960s until the early 1980s.

A claim is being made on behalf of her late mother, who died from asbestos-related mesothelioma.

Solicitor James Trescothwick-Martin, from Thrings, said: “It is thought exposure to asbestos occurred as a result of the husband’s work.

“As part of his job he had to supervise various different projects.

“He would then take the dust home with him where his wife washed his clothes and inhaled the asbestos fibres which had settled on them as a result of his work.

“We are looking in particular at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, the Sheffield Blood Transfusion Centre, the then new Barnsley District General Hospital and works at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale.”

The company is also investigating the construction of Sheffield’s Parkway ambulance station, Monk Bretton Health Centre, the building of Thurnscoe Health Centre and the Northern General residential block.

And it is studying a case involving a Sheffield worker who may have been exposed to asbestos while employed at a silversmiths in the city centre in the late 1960s to around 1982-83.