A Hull pensioner has issued an urgent appeal for information to uncover how he was exposed to deadly asbestos dust after being diagnosed with a terminal cancer. He wants to speak with former colleagues from oil company Amoco. He worked at their gas plant near Easington in Humberside from 1975 to 1978.
Colin Lockwood, 81, was devastated when he was told he had the fatal lung condition in September last year after visiting his doctor with a heavy cough. The great-grandfather has now instructed law firm Slater and Gordon in his fight to find out where he came into contact with asbestos and is appealing to former work colleagues to come forward.
Mr Lockwood, who has three children and six grandchildren said, “It was a real shock when the doctor told me I had cancer – you don’t expect that from something so long ago. He told me there was nothing that could be done to save me and now it was just a matter of time. I struggled to take it all in but I’m lucky to have a wonderful family around me, they have been my rock.
“I have always been fit and healthy and was out on the golf course three days a week but now my lungs struggle to get in air so I have had to give it all up. I have to go and get fluid drained from my lungs and I have been told that they are now just trying to keep the cancer at bay as it cannot be stopped. They don’t want to do chemotherapy and radiotherapy as it would only upset me and make me ill.”
Mr Lockwood, who now lives in Arbroath, Scotland, is particularly interested to speak with former colleagues from oil company Amoco. He worked at their gas plant near Easington in Humberside between 1975 and 1978.
Mr Lockwood, who also served in the Royal Navy said, “I was born and raised in Hull and have spent most of my life there so I am hopeful some kindly former ex-colleague will be able to get in touch and help me find out how I contracted this terrible illness.
“I know I don’t have a great deal of time left so I’m now focused on finding out where I came into contact with asbestos so I can hold those responsible to account.”
Slater & Gordon Mesothelioma claims specialist Daniel Nicholas, who is representing Mr Lockwood said, "Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer for which there is sadly no cure. Although it can take many decades from exposure to onset of the illness, once diagnosed it can be very aggressive and painful. In order to gain justice for Mr Lockwood and his family, we are working to trace former colleagues who may be able to recall working conditions at the time."
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