Son of former Barnsley miner in bid to trace workmates

Charles Gummerson
Charles Gummerson
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The son of a Barnsley miner who died after being exposed to asbestos at work is trying to trace his former colleagues.

Charles Gummerson died in 2013 at the age of 88 and a post mortem examination revealed he had been suffering from mesothelioma - a cancer of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mr Gummerson, known as ‘Chuck’, spent more than 40 years of his life as a miner, with his relatives believing it was during his time in the pits that he was exposed to the deadly dust.

Lawyers representing Mr Gummerson’s family are hoping that former colleagues will be able to provide vital information on the working conditions they experienced.

Steve Fearnley, a specialist in asbestos-related disease cases with Raleys Solicitors, said Mr Gummerson began his mining career working on the face at Monk Bretton Colliery.

“He then moved to North Gawber Colliery where he worked throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s,” said Mr Fearnley.

“We believe that when he worked on the face, Mr Gummerson was involved in the training of a lot of the new starters, so we hope there will be quite a few who remember him.

“We also have some information that suggests he worked on the famous Pickrose Haulage engines.

“Unfortunately as is common in many industrial disease cases, the exposure likely happened decades ago and so it becomes increasingly difficult to track down his former colleagues or those who worked in the same places around the same time

“Mr Gummerson paid an enormous price for working dutifully. The asbestos he was exposed to during the course of the work he did would appear to have led to his death from this terrible disease, and his son is understandably determined to continue the fight for justice on his behalf.

“We are hoping that any of his former colleagues will be able to provide the information his family needs in this fight.”

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