Family’s plea over asbestos

Malcolm James, whose family are appealing for information about places where he worked after he died as a result of asbestos exposure.
Malcolm James, whose family are appealing for information about places where he worked after he died as a result of asbestos exposure.

The family of a man who died as a result of asbestos exposure is calling on his old colleagues to come forward and help with a legal battle.

Malcolm James, who grew up in Thornhill before moving to Mirfield in his 20s, worked for Sheffield-based scrap metal merchants Thos-W-Ward Ltd, know as Tommy Wards, in the 1960s.

He also worked as a self-employed labourer, or ‘oxy-cutter,’ at power stations across Yorkshire where he dismantled turbine houses, boilers, chimneys and pipe work for scrap.

Mr James, 69, died of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure in 2009 , by which point he was living in Filey . Now solicitors Irwin Mitchell have been hired by Mr James’ son, John, of Greenside Road, Mirfield, to find out where the exposure to asbestos occurred.

If you have any information, call Ian Toft on 0113 218 6453 or email ian.toft@irwinmitchell.com.