The family of a Manchester man who died after developing an asbestos-related cancer are calling for help from his former Metropolitan Vickers colleagues.

Mr Cook worked at Metropolitan Vickers, later known as AEI, at Trafford Park from the mid 1940’s until 1991. He worked all over the large factory as an electrical engineer, where he built and carried out repairs to switchgear components and other electrical elements.

Decades after working for the firm, he experienced severe breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer often affecting the lung linings that is linked to asbestos exposure.

Now, his family are keen to speak to anyone who worked with Mr Cook or who knows about the presence of asbestos in the plant, in the hope of starting a compensation claim.

His son-in-law, Rodney Gotts, said: “My father-in-law spent almost all of his career working at Metropolitan Vickers across all areas of the factory, so I’m confident there will be someone out there who can provide us with more information about the conditions he worked in.

Roy Wood, then aged 37 in 1965, who tragically passed away from mesothelioma.

"Roy’s story highlights how asbestos exposure decades ago is still affecting the lives of families across this country - leaving people struggling to understand what has happened to the people they love."

Louise Larkin
Senior asbestos lawyer

“If there’s anyone out there who thinks they can help, please do get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors and bring clarity for us on what has happened.”

Asbestos is the biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, leading to thousands of deaths and serious illnesses. The number of asbestos deaths is expected to rise until 2020.

Louise Larkin, of Thompsons Solicitors, added: “Roy’s story sadly highlights how asbestos exposure decades ago is still affecting the lives of families across this country - leaving people struggling to understand what has happened to the people they love.

“If anyone has more information about the use of asbestos at the factory, please call me on 0151 224 1644 or email me on louiselarkin@thompsons.law.co.uk.”