Lawyers acting for Beryl Baker, the widow of a Salisbury carpenter who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesolthelioma are desperate to trace his co-workers.

Keith Baker, who died in August 2003, served an apprenticeship with Salisbury Corporation on leaving school in 1957. He then commenced employment with a local firm Roles & Sons (Salisbury) Limited in the early 1960s.

Keith Baker worked on a number of maintenance contracts with Salisbury Corporation, particularly the District Housing Scheme based at the Reema Housing Estate where he installed shutters around hot water pipes lagged with asbestos materials. During his time at Roles & Sons (Salisbury) Limited he cut sheets of asbestos board, possibly of the type going under the brand name 'asbestolux', in their carpentry workshop.

Thompsons Solicitors are asbestos-related disease specialists

Thompsons Solicitors, the UK's largest personal injury law firm and asbestos-related disease specialists which has just opened in Southampton, need to trace Mr Baker's co-workers in order to get more details about the environments in which he was forced to work to support a claim for compensation for the devastated family Keith Baker has left behind.

John Hall, Beryl Baker's solicitor, said:

"Mesothelioma is a terrible illness caused by employers' disregard for their workers' lives. Asbestos-related diseases will cause 10,000 deaths a year by 2010 and will be the biggest industrial killer of all time. It is important that we trace Keith Baker's co-workers, not because compensation will make up for her death, but to ensure that those people who forced him to work in such deadly conditions pay for what they did."

If you worked with Keith Baker at the Salisbury Corporation  and Roles & Sons (Salisbury) Limited in the late 1950s and 1960s, or have family or friends who did, please contact John Hall at Thompsons on 08000 224 224.