Relatives of a Bradford labourer who died after developing an asbestos disease are asking his former colleagues to come forward with information about his working conditions. 

Anthony Minter worked as a building labourer for Grovers Contractors Ltd, in the Southwick area, from the early 1950s until his retirement in 1995, where he would assist tradesmen with jobs such as mixing cement, transporting goods and sweeping up building sites.

“We are looking to trace people who worked for Grovers Contractors Ltd, as well as anyone who may know the whereabouts of the owners of the company, so we can see whether asbestos was present in the building sites and materials that he used on sites around the Southwick area.”

Helen Tomlin, specialist asbestos solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors

In July 2014, Anthony started becoming breathless and went for a CT scan, which revealed fluid on his lung. While that fluid was later drained and he returned home, Anthony’s health deteriorated and he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2014. He died three months later. 

His family is now urging people who worked with Anthony and have information about his working conditions to contact Thompsons Solicitors to assist in a claim for compensation. 

His son, Anthony Jr, said: “Dad worked at Grovers all of his life and helped out on pretty much any job that needed him. We are therefore optimistic that at least one colleague, or even a family member of a colleague, will remember him and have information detailing the conditions that my dad worked in. 

“Losing dad was incredibly hard for our family but if we can deduce the reason for his disease, we can at least have peace of mind.” 

Helen Tomlin, the solicitor representing the family, said: “We are looking to trace people who worked for Grovers Contractors Ltd, as well as anyone who may know the whereabouts of the owners of the company, so we can see whether asbestos was present in the building sites and materials that he used on sites around the Southwick area.” 

Anthony Minter, third from top left, as a member of the Southwick Sport and Social Club Darts Team in the mid-1970s.

Anyone with information about the workplace conditions of Grovers Contractors Ltd should contact Helen Tomlin at Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds office on 0113 2056385.