Grieving widow asks for help from Nottingham’s retired heating engineers

Posted: 17th Nov 21 2:00 PM

After the death of her husband from an aggressive asbestos-related cancer, a grieving widow is appealing to Nottingham’s retired heating engineers and factory workers.

Maureen Rogers’ husband, Trevor Rogers, died on February 5, 2020, aged 86. Following a post-mortem and further inquest by HM Coroner at Lincoln Coroners Court, it was found that the cause of Trevor’s death was malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive and terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos dust and fibres.

Maureen is asking anyone who might have worked with Trevor around Nottingham for any information about their working conditions and the presence of asbestos.

Trevor described himself as a heating engineer and worked for a number of companies around the city of Nottingham from the late 1950s through to the early 1990s.

From 1958 – 1964/65 Trevor worked for a company known as Foster & Pearson Ltd. It is believed that Trevor would be installing heating systems in shops, and could have also assisted in the construction of greenhouses.

Afterward, Trevor worked for Allen Solley & Co. Ltd., located in Arnold, Nottingham, from 1964/65 – 1974/75. This location had a factory for various clothing items. Trevor could have been working in their shops, but it is also possible he was working in the factory itself. At the time Maureen met Trevor in 1980, what was once the Allen Solley & Co. Ltd. factory was now individual units, split for different businesses.

Trevor also worked for Jessop & Son (known as Jessops) in Nottingham from 1974/75 – 1992/93. Trevor was employed by Jessops and was in charge of boilers and heating systems. Though Jessops was known for its department store, they also owned a factory complex, where Trevor worked until 1993.

With the help of Birchall Blackburn Law and the National Asbestos Helpline, Maureen is making an industrial disease compensation claim for Trevor’s pain, suffering, and death from mesothelioma.

If you or someone you know worked with Trevor Rogers, or at any of his places of work during a similar time, please get in touch.

Joanne Keen, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law, is assisting Maureen with her claim and knows just how important it is for someone to get the help they need following the death of a loved one from an asbestos disease.

Joanne says: “Asbestos diseases, such as the terminal cancer mesothelioma, take decades to develop. After such a long time, it can be difficult to confirm where, when and how exposure to asbestos dust and fibres took place. This is why we need the help of people who worked at Foster & Pearson Ltd., Allen Solley & Co. Ltd., or Jessop & Son in Nottingham.

“Did you work with Trevor? Were you at any of these companies at a similar time? What were your working conditions like and were you aware of any asbestos that was disturbed and airborne at the worksites?

“If you have any memories that could help us help Maureen, please get in touch.”

Mesothelioma is caused by breathing in asbestos dust fibres. The fibres can get permanently lodged in the lining of the lungs and over time damage the cells enough to develop mesothelioma. It is widely acknowledged that potentially a single asbestos fibre can cause the terminal cancer.

Jan Garvey, from the National Asbestos Helpline, says: “Mesothelioma is a cruel and aggressive lung cancer. To watch someone you love deteriorate so quickly must be heart-breaking. The cancer is devastating a generation of working people who go on to face a terrible illness. More needs to be done to help people and their families impacted by mesothelioma.”

Anyone who has information about asbestos at Foster & Pearson Ltd., Allen Solley & Co. Ltd., or Jessop & Son in Nottingham please get in touch with Joanne Keen from Birchall Blackburn Law on 01244 688 762. Alternatively, email jlkeen@birchallblackburn.co.uk. Your details will remain confidential.

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