The husband of an Ashton-under-Lyne woman who died from a fatal asbestos disease is asking her former colleagues at Alfred Williamson Ltd for information about working conditions.

Anita Phillips died in February 2018, aged 74, just months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer that often affects the lining of the lungs.

Her husband, Michael, is now keen to know whether asbestos was used or disturbed at the ticket printing company where his late wife operated the firm’s machinery between 1961 and 1964 – and if so, how. Michael hopes this information will help him seek justice and obtain compensation for his loss, with Thompsons Solicitors’ support.

Anita Phillips, formerly Whalley, who died from an asbestos related disease last year

“I’ve lost my wife because of this awful and avoidable disease,” Mr Phillips said. “My lawyer at Thompsons has been helpful in trying to find out how and when she was exposed to asbestos, but we’re still struggling to pinpoint the cause.

“I’m hoping there are people out there who worked with my wife, or know someone who did, and can give me the answers I am seeking. If there are, I would be incredibly grateful for them to contact Thompsons as soon as possible, so we can find out who is responsible for our family’s loss.”

"Tragically, stories like Michael’s are far too common. We’re hoping this appeal will help us shed some light on the working conditions at Alfred Williamson Ltd, so Michael and his family can have some closure on what’s happened."

Louise Larkin
senior asbestos lawyer

Louise Larkin, of Thompsons Solicitors, added: “Michael turned to us, at a loss as to why his wife had suffered so much pain. Tragically, stories like Michael’s are far too common. Asbestos has devastated families and communities throughout the UK for years. 

“We’re hoping this appeal will help us shed some light on the working conditions at Alfred Williamson Ltd, so Michael and his family can have some closure on what’s happened.”

Anyone with information about working conditions at Alfred Williamson Ltd, particularly between 1961 and 1964, should contact Louise Larkin at Thompsons Solicitors on 0151 224 1644 or by emailing louiselarkin@thompsons.law.co.uk.