Oliver Royston ‘Roy’ Clift sadly passed away from mesothelioma on 13 August 2016.
Mesothelioma is a terminal, asbestos-related cancer. It is believed that Roy was exposed to asbestos while working at the Ford Motor Company plant in Fabian Way, Swansea between 1966 and 1991. It is understood that Roy initially worked as a fitter/millwright all over the plant and later on the machinery section.
His family has now launched an appeal to try and trace former work colleagues in the hope that they can provide further information about the work he undertook.
It is understood that the plant contained large furnaces and associated pipework which was lagged with asbestos. As part of his role as a fitter/millwright, it is alleged that Roy would have to remove this asbestos lagging in order to access the pipework to undertake repairs. It is also alleged that he would need to maintain the machinery where the operators were handling and manipulating asbestos containing products.
During his time working on the machinery sections, it is alleged that Roy worked with car components that contained asbestos, for example gaskets, brake drums, clutches and brake linings where he would drill, saw and file them creating loose asbestos dust in the atmosphere which he would inhale.
Roy’s family have instructed specialist asbestos lawyers at Hugh James to investigate further how Roy came into contact with the hazardous material, asbestos.