Wife of dock worker who died from 'deadly dust' appeals for help

Daily Echo: Dorothy Cutler with late husband Victor Dorothy Cutler with late husband Victor

A WIDOW seeking answers following the death of her husband from “deadly dust” is appealing to former Southampton dock workers for help.

Dorothy Cutler wants to hear from those who once worked alongside her late husband Victor, who died from the asbestos-related condition asbestosis.

The 88-year-old former soldier worked for several years as a lagger in the city, working for big companies such as JI Thorneycroft, Ford and Foster Wheeler at Fawley.

Having told his wife tales of how he used to work with asbestos from the 1940s to the 1970s, Mrs Cutler is looking for other workers to back her late husband’s claims of frequent exposure to the harmful dust.

Mrs Cutler said: “It is very difficult to come to terms with the sad loss of my husband to an asbestos-related condition.

“Vic told me a lot about his working life and told me about how he had to mix up asbestos lagging to insulate the ships in particular.

“He told me that it was a very dirty, messy job and also a very physically demanding job.

“I hope that some of his former work mates may be able to help the team at Boyes Turner investigate if more could have been done to protect Vic against exposure to asbestos.”

Richard Green from Boyes Turner is working on behalf of Mrs Cutler to see if there is a case to bring against any of Mr Cutler’s former employers in regards to protecting him from asbestos.

Mr Green said: “We would be extremely grateful to hear from anyone who worked with Victor during the course of his employment with J I Thornycroft, British Rail, Foster Wheeler, Harland and Wolff and Ford during the 1960s and 1970s.

“We hope Mr Cutler’s colleagues will be able to confirm his recollections of asbestos exposure and whether more could have been done to protect Victor from the deadly dust.”

Anyone with information that could help Mrs Cutler can call Mr Green on 01189 527130.

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4:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

kingkong 1 says...

If this gentleman was given an autopsy that determined he did in fact die of Asbestosis then she should go to a good lawyer and let him deal with it. Try to find one that is willing to take the case without charge unless you win your settlement.
If this gentleman was given an autopsy that determined he did in fact die of Asbestosis then she should go to a good lawyer and let him deal with it. Try to find one that is willing to take the case without charge unless you win your settlement. kingkong 1
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10:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

southy says...

Best bit is to contact his Union and branch, the Union should still records where and when and a quick cross ref will be able to find out all those that work with him, but many have all ready, I have lost family all ready to Asbestosis and I myself am on the Asbestosis watch list
Best bit is to contact his Union and branch, the Union should still records where and when and a quick cross ref will be able to find out all those that work with him, but many have all ready, I have lost family all ready to Asbestosis and I myself am on the Asbestosis watch list southy
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