Sheffield woman’s appeal after dad’s death

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The daughter of a Sheffield shotblaster killed by an asbestos-related disease is appealing for his former colleagues to help investigate his exposure to the deadly dust.

Eric Cooper – known as Mark to colleagues and friends – died aged 84 in November 2012 of lung cancer due to asbestosis. Mr Cooper was a shotblaster at Darnall Shotblasting Company on Doctor Lane and later at the firm’s site at Carbrook.

His daughter, Susan Smith, of Thorpe Hesley, has instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his exposure to the harmful dust and fibres. Together they are appealing for her father’s former colleagues to help provide information on the working conditions at the premises where Mr Cooper was employed.

An inquest in 2013 returned a verdict of death by industrial illness and it was revealed that, while at the firm between the 1950s and 1970s, he worked shotblasting items under high pressure – the bulk of which was cleaning industrial items such as boilers, pipework and valves often covered in asbestos.

Lawyer Martyn Hayward said: “The only ventilation is said to have been an open window or doorway so anyone working in there had no choice but to inhale the dirty air.”

Susan said: “When my father worked at the company he would always come home covered in dust, and the building where they worked on Doctor Lane became known as the ‘black hole’ locally because of the dust and dirt.

“I just hope people will remember my father and come forward to help Irwin Mitchell investigate so we can seek justice on his behalf.”

n Call Martyn Hayward on 0114 274 4615 or email