20th Aug, 2019

Engineer's asbestos cancer death prompts appeal to ex-Maudslay workers

Felix Nobes 18th Jul, 2019 Updated: 18th Jul, 2019

THE WIDOW of a Solihull engineer who died of asbestos-related cancer needs help from former Maudslay Motor Company workers.

In December last year, Linda Butler’s husband, Stanley, died at the age of 77 from mesothelioma, which is an aggressive and terminal lung cancer.

It can be caused by past exposure to asbestos dust and fibres.

Mrs Butler is now appealing to anyone who worked for Maudslay Motor Company at its Parkside factory in Coventry or The Great Alne works near Alcester from 1960 through to the 1990s.

It is suspected Mr Butler was exposed to asbestos while employed at the company’s Great Alne works.

The company manufactured lorry parts and Mr Butler worked as an engineer on the factory floor and was also a shop steward.

The Great Alne factory was opened at the beginning for the Second World War when the company moved its general service vehicles, tank, and aircraft components from Coventry to near Alcester to avoid air raids.

Linda, from Solihull, says: “Stanley told me that part of the work that took place in the factory involved the filing of asbestos brake linings.

“He said the procedure produced a lot of dust.

“There had been concern amongst the staff about the dust levels and the company was forced to carry out air quality inspections.

“When Stanley was diagnosed with mesothelioma he expressed concern for his former work colleagues.”

Birchall Blackburn Law and The National Asbestos Helpline are helping Mrs Butler make an industrial disease compensation claim.

Stanley and Linda married in 1966 and have a son, Simon.

Mrs Butler says he was an active, fit and healthy man, a keen gardener and a seasoned traveller.

Last year, she added, he completely decorated the family’s kitchen and hall but by the autumn he had grown so weak he could not get up the stairs to bed and was to die before Christmas.

Jan Garvey from the National Asbestos Helpline says: “Mesothelioma is a cruel and aggressive lung cancer.

“To watch someone you love deteriorate so quickly must be heart breaking.

“If anyone has any information about working for Maudslay Motor Company and asbestos please get in touch.”

Anyone with information about the working conditions and asbestos at the factory please call Craig Howell from Birchall Blackburn Law on 01244 684 475 or Jan Garvey at the National Asbestos Helpline on freephone 0800 043 6635.

Alternatively, email cnhowell@birchallblackburn.co.uk.

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