Lawyers acting for a Leyton man suffering from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are desperately trying to trace his former co-workers at London Electric Wire Company and Smiths.

Walter Boast, aged 66, was exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment with London Electric Wire Company and Smiths Limited between 1970 and 1976. He worked at the firm’s enameling department in P-Block at their factory in Church Road, Leyton, London, E10.

Mr Boast was exposed to asbestos from the large ovens that were insulated and constructed of asbestos. He particularly wants to trace formers colleagues George Sawyer and Walter Heath and anyone else who worked there during that period.

Mr Boast explains: “Health and Safety was very poor at the factory; we were never provided with goggles or masks or any sort of equipment at all. I first felt there was something wrong with my health in about September 2005. The doctor examined me and sent me for a chest x-ray straight away. It was such a shock to me and my wife Christine when I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, especially when they told me it is terminal and there is nothing they can do for me.”


Representing Walter Boast, his solicitor Ann-Marie Wilson from Thompsons Solicitors – a firm which specialises in asbestos related diseases - comments: “We desperately need to trace witnesses so we can progress the compensation claim for Mr Boast. Mesothelioma is a terrible illness, and one which is wreaking havoc on the lives of such innocent families. We need the help of local people to secure justice for Walter Boast.”

“If anyone worked with Walter Boast at London Electric Wire Company and Smiths, or can recall working on the same type of job, we need their help to assess how much asbestos he was exposed to. Any assistance that can be given to us in the case will be greatly appreciated.”

Please contact Ann-Marie Wilson on 020 7290 0061 if you can help.