Witness Appeal: Working Conditions at APEX Joinery

The partner of an ex-shopfitter who died from the asbestos related cancer, Mesothelioma, has today issued an appeal for his former colleagues to come forward with information relating to the conditions of the joinery where he worked.

Known to family and friends as Jim, James Pentecost, spent most of his life working and living in and around London and Kent, including almost 20 years at APEX Joinery in Tottenham where he worked between 1980-1989 and 1990-1999.

He was 84 years old when he sadly passed away in 2016 following a short battle with his illness, and at an Inquest opened into his death it was said he likely died due to occupational asbestos exposure.

His devastated partner, Dorothy, has now instructed leading Industrial Disease Solicitors at Simpson Millar to help in their battle for answers and are now appealing to those who may have worked with James Pentecost at APEX Joinery to come forward with any information about the working conditions and the use of asbestos materials.

Speaking about his role and working environment before his death, Jim recalled how he was responsible for cutting asbestos boards for suspended ceilings and walls - often leaving him covered in dust. He also claimed that he received insufficient standards of protection from the asbestos that he was exposed to on a daily basis.

Dorothy, who lived with Jim in Watchet, Somerset, said she is now looking for help from his former colleagues to help determine whether more could have been done to protect him from asbestos exposure.

She said, “After he became ill his quality of life massively deteriorated. He didn’t really leave the house except to go to the doctors or hospital appointments.

“I feel as though we have missed out on the chance to experience so much more in life together. We only got together in 2011, and we had so much planned for the future.

“If anyone has even the smallest bit of insight into the working conditions at APEX Joinery during this period, please do get in contact. We have got to know more about what safety procedures, or lack thereof, were in place to protect workers such as James from deadly asbestos fibres and dust.”

Senior Associate Solicitor Anthony Waddington, who specialises in asbestos claims at Simpson Millar said, “We are asking for anyone who worked at APEX Joinery in the 1980s and 1990s to come forward; likewise, if you had a family member who worked there at this time, please do get in touch.

“Mr Pentecost experienced significant amounts of pain and distress as a result of his mesothelioma diagnosis. Understandably, we want to be able to provide his family with the answers they so desperately deserve.”

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