Witness Appeal: Working with Asbestos at John Perkins and Son

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A man who has been diagnosed with pleural plaques and pleural thickening following exposure to asbestos has issued a heartfelt appeal to his ex-colleagues for information about his workplace conditions.

David Charles March of Stapleton, Bristol, was informed of his diagnosis in 2017 after visiting his GP complaining of breathlessness and discomfort.

A former Carpenter by trade, the 81-year-old who lives with his wife, Pauline, had worked at construction firm John Perkins and Son for most of his career between 1962-1993, having left school aged 15.

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Despite suffering from early stage Dementia/Alzheimer’s, he can remember coming into contact with the deadly asbestos fibres during this time, and he has instructed Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors at Simpson Millar to investigate his working conditions, and whether more could have been done to protect him.

Recalling his time at John Perkins, Mr March said, “I remember working on types of corrugated roofing. I would be covered in cement and asbestos dust and I do not remember being given any particular overalls.

“I remember working on a job at the University of Bristol, which involved asbestos boarding the hearths or fireplaces. In cutting up the asbestos boards, I would end up covered in white asbestos dust.

  • "We were not given any masks and I can remember a fine white dust on my clothing and skin. I also completed jobs at Lloyds Bank and Frenchay Hospital in the mid-late 60s, both of which involved significant exposure to asbestos dust whilst I completed jobs as the carpenter."

    John Perkins

    Suffering from pleural thickening

Mr March’s Solicitor, Helen Grady, who specialises in Asbestos Claims, said, “If you worked for John Perkins and Son for any period of time between 1962-1993, please do get in touch as you may be able to provide vital information.”

Helen added, “Mr March and his wife, Pauline, have so many questions about how and when David was exposed to asbestos, and whether more could have been done to protect him."

  • "While the dangers of asbestos have been known for many decades there are still, sadly, many people developing health issues such as pleural plaques and pleural thickening, because they were not made aware of its presence and provided with protective equipment."

    Helen Grady

    Industrial Disease Solicitor

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