Family of Sheffield man who died from asbestos-related cancer appeal for information from former colleagues

The family of a Sheffield man who died from asbestos-related cancer have launched an appeal for information from his former work colleagues.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 15:25 pm
Roger was a mechanic working on the Co-op milk floats and delivery vehicles, and he believed he may have come into contact with asbestos dust and fibres when changing the brake linings on the vehicles.

Roger Staniforth, of Wincobank, died in August last year aged 77 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer of the lining of the lungs most commonly associated with being exposed to asbestos decades prior to diagnosis.

His wife Jacqueline, son Richard and daughter Helen have instructed specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help investigate how Roger came into contact with the substance.

Roger’s family have joined forces with the firm to appeal to his former work colleagues at the Co-operative Garage on Bellhouse Road from the late 1970s to 1995 to come forward with any information they have which may help with the investigation.

Jacqueline said: “Roger was diagnosed with mesothelioma about 13 months before he passed away and it was so upsetting to see him suffer the way he did.

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“He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. We all miss him so much.

“Towards the end of his life, Roger found it extremely difficult to enjoy the activities he used to, such as travelling to his holiday caravan in Skegness and spending time at family occasions with his children and grandchildren. All we want now is to seek some justice for him and find out exactly how he developed this disease.

“We would be grateful to hear from anyone that may have any information about Roger’s work at the Co-operative Garage, no matter how small, that could help us with our investigation.”

Simone Hardy, specialist asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “In my work I see so many families devastated by the effects of asbestos exposure.

“We are determined to seek justice for Roger and his family by helping them discover where and how he was exposed to the harmful substance which ultimately led to him developing mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining with limited curative treatment.”

Roger was a mechanic working on the Co-op milk floats and delivery vehicles, and he believed he may have come into contact with asbestos dust and fibres when changing the brake linings on the vehicles.

Anyone with information that could assist with the case should email simone.hardy@IrwinMitchell.com or call 0114 274 4420.