The family of a welder who died from chest complaints is calling for information from his former colleagues to find out more about his working environment.

Weston Bent, known as Roy to his workmates, from Bradford was 65 when he died from pneumonia brought on by emphysema and chest problems in November 2012.

Medical experts only discovered during his last few days that his lung condition was caused by his work.

Sadly Weston was too poorly to consider claiming compensation from his former employers before he died but following his death, his wife, Pamela has decided to try and see justice done for her late husband and has instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim.

Weston, who had three sons and three grandchildren, moved to the UK from Jamaica when he was just 16. He trained as a welder and worked for a number of companies.

Employed by Drum Engineering Company (now known as Gardner Denver Industries Limited), A Taylor, Rowntrees and Stockrail

His wife is interested in hearing from anyone who worked with him while he was employed by Drum Engineering Company (now known as Gardner Denver Industries Limited) in Whitehall Road, Leeds during the late 70s and early 80s. The firm later moved to Birkenshaw.

She also wants to hear from anyone who worked with him at A Taylor based in Kirkstall Road, Leeds; Rowntrees in Halifax and Stockrail in Birstall during the 1980 – 1990s.

Pamela said: “Weston always worked as a welder and he said it was an extremely dirty, unpleasant environment.

“It's important for us to speak to anyone who worked with Weston so we can find out more about his working conditions.”

Marion Voss at Thompsons Solicitors added: “We would like to hear from his former work colleagues to help us build up an accurate picture of his working environment.”

Anyone who remembers working with Weston or worked at Drum Engineering Company, A Taylor, Rowntrees or Stockrail in the 1970s or 1980s should contact Marion Voss by email on or by phone on 08000 224 224.