THE wife and daughter of a man who died of an asbestos-related cancer are trying to track down his former workmates as they battle to win compensation.
Edward 'Ted' Hart worked at Parkfield Instruments, in Trout Road, West Drayton, between 1951 and 1986, becoming a well-known figure in the factory.
He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, in summer 2007 and died aged 82 in December that year.
Mr Hart is thought to have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibres at Parkfield Instruments.
In 1983 he became general manager at the factory, having started out as an engineer and tool maker.
Before his death, Mr Hart told his wife and daughter about there being asbestos in the roof of an extension to the Trout Road premises.
An inquest into his death recorded a verdict of industrial disease.
Mr Hart's widow, Gladys, 89, now requires help from their daughter, Gina, with everyday tasks.
Parkfield Instruments is no longer trading, but it did operate from the same site for a number of decades and Mr Hart's family, who live in nearby Iver, want to find out whether any former Parkfield employees are still living in the Yiewsley and West Drayton area.
They hope people will come forward to act as witnesses as they pursue a claim for damages.
Linda Fletcher, of law firm Boyes Turner, which represents Mrs Hart, said: "Edward Hart's inquest showed he died as a result of being exposed to asbestos.
"I appeal to anybody who worked with Mr Hart at the Trout Road factory to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0800 884 0718."
There are a number of conditions which are thought to be caused by inhaling asbestos, and they can take a number of years to develop.
Mesothelioma most commonly occurs in the lining of the lungs and is extremely rare in the absence of expo-sure to asbestos.
Symptoms start with breathlessness and chest pain and the condition is often associated with a rapid and significant weight loss and heavy, sudden sweating, usually at night.
National newspaper The Daily Mirror launched an Asbestos Timebomb campaign this month, backed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Their demands are for:
- a £10million asbestos treatment centre built to help victims
- a public register of all asbestos surveys on public buildings
- fair and equal compensation for people who cannot trace the employer who exposed them to the disease, through a new Employer's Liability Insurance Bureau paid for by the insurance industry.