The family of a scaffolder from Liverpool who died after developing an asbestos-related disease is urging anyone with information about his workplace conditions to come forward.

Frederick Whinnett, also known as Freddie, died from mesothelioma aged 77.

Freddie worked in scaffolding for a number of different manufacturers and building contractors in north west England during his career, including BICC Limited in Helsby from 1965 to 1967, English Electric Company Limited in Preston between 1967 and 1969, A Monk and Co Limited in Warrington from 1971 to 1973 and Sir Alfred McAlpine and Sons Limited in north west England from 1973 to 1978.

Frederick Whinnett

After he died, Freddie’s family contacted Thompsons Solicitors for legal support. The family is now asking anyone with information about working conditions at the four firms to help assist Thompsons with its case.

Freddie’s daughter, Linda, said: “Dad spent more than a decade of his career working at the four firms, so we hope that we will find someone who has information about the conditions he worked in.

“His death has been extremely difficult for our family, but the support of Thompsons and the Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group has meant we’ve not felt alone as we try to understand how he came about being exposed to the substance that went on to kill him.”

Joanne Candlish, the solicitor at Thompsons representing Mr Whinnett’s family, said: “Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to develop after exposure, so it’s vital that we are able to speak to Freddie’s co-workers at the four companies to help us identify where and when he was exposed to the deadly substance, so that we can hold the responsible insurers to account.”

Anyone with information that could help Freddie’s family should contact Joanne Candlish at Thompsons Solicitors’ Liverpool office on 0151 2241644.