Harrow Family Fight for Answers Following dad’s Asbestos Related Death


The heartbroken family of a man who died after displaying symptoms associated with asbestos exposure have launched an appeal in a bid to better understand when and where he may have come into contact with the deadly material. 

Mr Ayers from Pinner in Harrow, Greater London, was 81 when he tragically passed away at Hillingdon Hospital in December 2020 from Pneumonia and Malignancy, just one month after doctors diagnosed him with suspected mesothelioma.

An inquest into his death later concluded that his condition had been consistent with mesothelioma, a terminal illness that affects the lining of the lungs, which is caused by asbestos exposure. In many cases the symptoms of the illness do not occur for many decades.

Mr Ayers formerly worked as a local plant operator


A loving father and a keen motor racer, he leaves behind his two daughters, Nicola and Tracey, who are now determined to find out what happened and where it was that he came into contact with the deadly fibres and have appealed to anyone who might have information to come forward. 

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Speaking on the family’s behalf solicitor Kirstie Bork, an industrial disease expert at Simpson Millar, said they were particularly keen to speak to people who worked with Brian during his career as a plant operator at Drinkwater Sabey (now known as Suez UK Environment Ltd) between approximately 1988 and 1992.

“This has been a very difficult time for Mr Ayers’ daughters, who have sadly been left with many unanswered questions about how and when their father was exposed to asbestos, and whether more could have been done to prevent his death."

“The nature of mesothelioma is that while it often takes many decades for symptoms to appear, when they do they have a devastating impact. Many of our clients live only a few months after they first start to become ill.

“As a result, families are often left struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one, while also desperate to better understand exactly what happened.

“In the case of Mr Ayres, we know that he had mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos exposure, but he sadly passed away before he could tell us when he might have been exposed. The family understandably now want to find out more about where and when that might have happened, and to learn whether more could have been done to protect him.

“They are hopeful that anyone who worked with him, either at Drinkwater Sabey, or throughout his lifetime while working at other local businesses, might have information that could provide vital insight into what happened.”

Sadly, workplace negligence regarding employee exposure to asbestos continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of people every year. 

Kirstie added: “Mesothelioma alone contributes to roughly 2,500 deaths annually and this is a figure that continues to increase and devastate the lives of victims as well as their families. 

“While the dangers of asbestos have been known for many decades there are still, sadly, many people dying prematurely because of related illnesses, because they were not made aware of its presence and were not provided with protective equipment.”

If you have any information, please contact Kirstie Bork at Simpson Millar on kirstie.bork@simpsonmillar.co.uk, or on 0330 173 1953.

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