Family fight for answers

Walter Casterton, who lived in Wickersley, Rotherham, died on 16 March 2013, aged 89, after suffering from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer.' 'He had been suffering from breathlessness for a couple of years before his diagnosis was confirmed on 27 December 2012. Mr Casterton also had Alzheimer's disease.' Walter and his wife Elsie
Walter Casterton, who lived in Wickersley, Rotherham, died on 16 March 2013, aged 89, after suffering from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer.' 'He had been suffering from breathlessness for a couple of years before his diagnosis was confirmed on 27 December 2012. Mr Casterton also had Alzheimer's disease.' Walter and his wife Elsie
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Relatives of a steelworker who died of an asbestos-related cancer are appealing for his former colleagues to provide them with information about the conditions he used to work in.

Walter Casterton, from Wickersley, Rotherham, died in March at the age of 89, after suffering from mesothelioma – an asbestos-related cancer.

His family has instructed specialist industrial illness lawyers at Irwin Mitchell in a search for answers as to how Mr Casterton was exposed to asbestos.

The pensioner’s daughter Josie and her lawyers spoke out as asbestos victims and their families marked Action Mesothelioma Day yesterday.

They believe Mr Casterton may have been exposed to asbestos during his working life.

He worked for the National Coal Board, as a carpenter for Rotherham Council, and as a steelworker at Hadfields Ltd in Attercliffe, at London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co Ltd in Rotherham, at the East Midlands Gas Board, and at Tinsley Wire Industries Ltd in Sheffield, all between 1961 and 1977.

Simone Hardy, an expert asbestos lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “It’s believed Mr Casterton may have been exposed to asbestos at work but, unfortunately, because of his later Alzheimer’s, he was not able to give detailed evidence about his work history.

“Because it can be decades after exposure to asbestos that mesothelioma finally takes hold, it is often difficult to recall when the exposure occurred.

“We would like to speak to anyone who worked at those firms and who knew Walter at work as they may be able to help us with the legal case.”

His daughter Josie said: “We just want to know how and where he was exposed to asbestos.”

Former colleagues should call Simone Hardy on 0114 2744420.