Family of asbestos casualty plea for information

THE FAMILY of a Batley man who died from an asbestos-related disease have made an appeal for his former workmates to come forward.

Austin Calvert died in 2018 at the age of 78, with a post-mortem stating that asbestosis – scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos – was one of several factors which contributed to his death.

Following Austin’s death, his son John instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers to investigate his exposure to the dangerous substance and whether it may have occurred during his time at Imperial Chemical Industries.

Austin worked at the Huddersfield-based chemical company from 1961 to 1993, and legal experts Irwin Mitchell are calling on anyone who may have worked there at that time to provide information on the conditions he would have faced.

Austin grew up and attended schools in Batley, marrying Patricia in 1962 – with whom he had four children.

Son John, 53 and from Mirfield, said: “It was truly devastating losing dad and more than 12 months on we still have so many questions regarding everything that he went through in the final weeks of his life.

“While the inquest told us that he was exposed to asbestos at ICI, we now need more information to determine exactly where and how dad was in contact with the substance that led to his death.

“We would be grateful if people could come forward to help us and any detail about working alongside dad or even doing similar work would make a massive difference.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dominic Riley at Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office on 0113 3946829 or email

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