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Widow appeals for help from former Arnold factory workers after death of husband from asbestos cancer


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The family of a former Arnold factory worker is making a heartfelt plea to his former work colleagues for information following his death from asbestos-related disease.

Maureen Rogers’ husband, Trevor Rogers, died on February 5, 2020, aged 86.

Following a post-mortem and further inquest by HM Coroner at Lincoln Coroners Court, it was found that the cause of Trevor’s death was mesothelioma, an aggressive and terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos dust and fibres.

Maureen is asking anyone who might have worked with Trevor around Nottingham for any information about working conditions and the presence of asbestos.

Trevor was a heating engineer and worked for several companies around the city of Nottingham from the late 1950s through to the early 1990s.

From 1958 to 1965 Trevor worked for Foster & Pearson Ltd. It is believed that Trevor would have installed heating systems in shops and could have also assisted in the construction of green houses, which in those days used asbestos lagged pipes for heating purposes. 

Afterwards, Trevor worked for Allen Solley & Co Ltd, in Arnold, from 1964 to 1975. The firm was a specialist in luxury knitted goods and manufacturer of socks and underwear, which had several stores and a factory in Brookfield Road, Arnold.

Trevor would have worked in the shops and in the factory itself.

When Maureen met Trevor in 1980, he was working in the same Arnold factory, but it was no longer owned by Allen Solley & Co Ltd and was individual units, split for different businesses.

Trevor also worked for Jessop & Son (known as Jessops) in Nottingham from 1974 to 1993. Trevor was employed by Jessops to maintain the boilers and heating systems. Though Jessops was known for its department store, the firm also owned a factory complex, where Trevor worked until 1993.

Trevor Rodgers
PICTURED: The late Trevor Rodgers

With the help of Birchall Blackburn Law and the National Asbestos Helpline, Maureen is making an industrial disease compensation claim for Trevor’s pain, suffering and death from mesothelioma.

Maureen says: “Trevor had been in and out of hospital for various conditions over the last few years.

“Before he became unwell, Trevor was very active – he would cut the lawn and take the dogs out for walks.

“In 2019, Trevor’s health began to deteriorate further. It got to the point that he was struggling to move around the house. I had to move his bed downstairs.

“I had to take Trevor to the toilet as he couldn’t stand on his own and I would have to be there to support him. I would also help wash and dress him. I would often take him out for a drive to try and lift his spirits. I miss him terribly.” 

If you or someone you know worked with Trevor Rogers, or at any of his places of work during a similar time, please get in touch.

Joanne Keen, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law, is assisting Maureen with her claim and knows just how important it is for someone to get the help they need following the death of a loved one from an asbestos disease. 

Joanne says: “Asbestos diseases, such as the terminal cancer mesothelioma, take decades to develop. After such a long time, it can be difficult to confirm where, when and how exposure to asbestos dust and fibres took place. This is why we need the help of people who worked at Foster & Pearson Ltd, Allen Solley & Co Ltd, or Jessop & Son in Nottingham.

“Did you work with Trevor? Were you at any of these companies at a similar time? What were your working conditions like and were you aware of any asbestos that was disturbed and airborne at the worksites? 

“If you have any memories that could help us help Maureen, please get in touch.”

Mesothelioma is caused by breathing in asbestos dust fibres. The fibres can get permanently lodged in the lining of the lungs and over time damage the cells enough to develop mesothelioma. It Is widely acknowledged that potentially a single asbestos fibre can cause the terminal cancer.

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. The cancer is devastating a generation of working people who go on to face this terrible illness. More needs to be done to help people and their families impacted by mesothelioma.”

Anyone who has information about asbestos at Foster & Pearson Ltd, Allen Solley & Co Ltd or Jessop & Son in Nottingham please get in touch with Joanne Keen from Birchall Blackburn Law on 01244 688 762.

Alternatively, email [email protected]. Your details will remain confidential.

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