David Collins died at 66 after developing chest pains and breathing problems
Thompsons Solicitors is supporting a family in an appeal for information following the asbestos-related death of a former builder.
David Collins, from Ynystawe in Swansea, died after developing chest pains and a shortness of breath. He was 66 years old. Doctors later found David died of mesothelioma, a cancer that often develops in the lining of lungs and is linked to asbestos exposure.
He was employed as an apprentice by building firm Robert Hitchins between 1965 and 1969, working across various sites in Gloucestershire. This included the building of bungalows at Hester’s Way in Cheltenham, as well as houses on Ermin Street in the village of Hucclecote, near Gloucester. He was also involved in building works in Winchcombe.
David’s family contacted Thompsons Solicitors for legal help following his death. With the support of Thompsons Solicitors’ asbestos specialists, his relatives are urging anyone who worked for Robert Hitchens between 1965 and 1969, or has any knowledge of the work carried out by David or his exposure to asbestos, to get in touch.
David’s wife, Sylvia, said: “It was awful seeing my husband - such a strong man - deteriorate from this disease. Sadly, he was never aware of his mesothelioma diagnosis, so he was unable to provide full details of his working history to Thompsons Solicitors.
"Anyone who remembers David, or worked at Robert Hitchens’ sites in Cheltenham, Hucclecote and Winchcombe between 1965 and 1969, should not hesitate to contact us. Hopefully then we can provide answers to his family about how he came to be exposed to asbestos, and sadly lose his life to mesothelioma."
“For this reason, if any of his former colleagues are able to provide us with information about the conditions at the building sites operated by Robert Hitchins, specifically at Hester’s Way, Ermin Street in Hucclecote and in Winchcombe, we would be extremely grateful.”
Amanda Jones, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Anyone who remembers David, or worked at Robert Hitchens’ sites in Cheltenham, Hucclecote and Winchcombe between 1965 and 1969, should not hesitate to contact us. Hopefully then we can provide answers to his family about how he came to be exposed to asbestos, and sadly lose his life to mesothelioma.”
Anyone with information about the working conditions at Robert Hitchins should contact Amanda Jones at Thompsons Solicitors’ Cardiff office, on 02920 445301.
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