Daughter launches appeal for dad's colleagues

By <b>Laura Maltby Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 09:29

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Buy photos » Robert Hartwell died from an asbestos-related cancer in 2011 and his daughter Lynn is now appealing to former colleagues for help with her battle for justice. (s)

THE DAUGHTER of a former carpenter who died from an asbestos-related cancer is appealing to his former colleagues for help in her battle for justice.

Robert Hartwell - known as Archie or Bob - passed away in 2011 following a nine month battle with mesothelioma - a cancer on the lining of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos dust.

The grandfather-of-three had worked for C.E Dyer, near Alcester, between 1955 and 1961 and for Bryant Homes - now part of the Taylor Wimpey group - in Redditch during the mid to late 1960s.

But in November 2010, he began suffering from chest pains and breathlessness and despite undergoing chemotherapy, died the following year at Myton Hospice in Warwick.

Devastated by the family’s loss, daughter Lynn contacted law firm Irwin Mitchell to see whether asbestos could have played a role in Robert’s death.

The 72-year-old had been involved in cutting asbestos sheets during his career working on new build houses and lawyers believe former colleagues could hold vital information about the presence of asbestos and working conditions at both companies.

Mark Lennon from Irwin Mitchell, said: “Employers have been aware of the dangers of exposing workers to asbestos dust since the 1950s and 60s.

“According to research published on the Health and Safety Executive website, one in 17 British carpenters born in the 1940s will die from mesothelioma.

“We would like to speak to anyone who worked at either C.E. Dyer or Bryant Homes in the 1950s and 60s as we believe they could help Archie’s family in their battle for justice.”

Lynn added: “We were all shocked when we received the news about Dad’s diagnosis. He was always an active man who loved to spend time with his family and to see him deteriorate so rapidly was hard.

“We urge anyone who worked with my dad during that time to come forward as it could allow us to finally lay him to rest.”

Taylor Wimpey declined to comment on the story, at the time of going to press the Standard was unable to contact C.E. Dyer.

Anyone who may be able to help can email mark.lennon@irwinmitchell.com or call 0121 214 5407.

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