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2 October 2019 | Witness Appeals | Article by Richard Green

Witness appeal: Did you work with John William Pritchard?

Witness appeal: Did you work with John William Pritchard?

Mr Pritchard lived and worked in Cheshire and Elsmere Port with his wife Mrs Pauline Anne Prichard. Mr Prichard sadly passed away as a result of the disease diffuse pleural thickening on 2 February 2018.

Diffuse pleural thickening can often be attributed to breathing in asbestos dust many years previously and it is possible, if not likely, that Mr Pritchard was exposed to the deadly fibres whilst at work.

The widow of Mr Pritchard is now seeking justice as a result of her husband’s untimely death which she believes may have been caused by exposure to asbestos dust whilst working for a number of employers. Mr Prichard’s family have now launched an appeal to try and trace former colleagues of his in the hope they can provide further information about the work he undertook that involved asbestos.

It is suspected that John Prichard may have been exposed to asbestos (which causes diffuse pleural thickening) whilst working as a welder for the following companies:

  • Charles Seward & Co Ltd (1961/62 – 1964/65)
  • British Rail (1962/63 – 1963/64 and 1968/69 – 1969/70)
  • Saunders & Taylor Ltd (1964/65 – 1965/66)
  • How-Truswell Ltd (1965/66 – 1966/67)
  • Lakers (Northern) Ltd (1965/66 – 1967/68)
  • John Laing Construction Ltd (1967/68)
  • George Wimpey & Co Ltd (1974/75 – 1975/76)

Mr Prichard also worked for a number of other employers as a welder in the Cheshire area and is likely to have been exposed to asbestos elsewhere. The family would be keen to hear from anyone who worked alongside Mr Pritchard at any time throughout his career.

It is vital for Mrs Prichard and her family to find someone who has first-hand knowledge of John’s working conditions while he was working as a welder during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

The Prichard family has instructed specialist asbestos lawyers at Hugh James to investigate whether and, if so how, Mr Prichard came into contact with the hazardous material, asbestos. Former colleagues that knew Mr Prichard can help his family by getting in touch using the phone or envelope icons on this page.

Based in Cardiff and London, Hugh James is a Top 100 firm, employing a team of around 700 people, including over 60 partners. Its specialist Workplace Related Illness team represents individuals and groups throughout England and Wales.

Armed with the experience and specialist knowledge that is required for this complex area, Hugh James has helped thousands of people who have been either injured or developed an illness as a result of their work. The team also has significant experience in working on industrial disease group actions, where more than one person has been by affected in the workplace.

Author bio

Richard Green


Richard is a Partner and Head of the Asbestos Litigation team. Richard specialises in asbestos-related disease claims and has recovered millions of pounds in compensation for his clients.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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