Patrick was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2014
The family of a BECTU member is urging anyone who has worked at aerial transmission sites all over the UK to come forward with information about the working conditions, following the premature death of Patrick Smith.
Patrick, from Storrington, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, in 2014. He worked as a technical engineer between 1977 and 2014 at locations including Wenvoe, Wood Norton, Daventry, Sutton Coldfield, Wooferton, Washford, Ascension Island, Droitwich and Bressay.
The sites were owned by the BBC and operated by Arqiva, previously named the Independent Broadcasting Authority and National Transcommunications.
Following his diagnosis, Patrick contacted his union, BECTU, and instructed industrial disease specialists Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation.
However, Patrick’s condition worsened and he passed away, leaving behind his partner of 31 years. Thompsons Solicitors is now pursuing the case on behalf of Patrick’s family.
Jackie Wood, from Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Sadly, Patrick died in the early stages of his case, before it was possible to gather detailed evidence about the technical aspects of his work.
“We are appealing for anyone who worked at the transmission sites mentioned above from 1977 to 2014 to come forward, particularly those with expertise in radio transmitters, klystrons and resistor mats, who may be able to provide valuable information about the presence of asbestos.
“To help Patrick’s family it is vital we piece together a full picture of his working life and contact with asbestos.”
Anyone who may have any relevant information should contact Jackie Wood at Thompsons on 0207 290 0031 / email@example.com.
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