12 March 2018 | Comment | Article by Angharad Jones
Mr Redvers George Spears who lived and worked in Swansea his entire life has very recently sadly passed away. Mr Spears had been suffering from asbestosis and dementia.
It is thought that Mr Spears may have been exposed to asbestos during his working career as a steel erector. Mr Spears’ family has now launched an appeal to try and trace former colleagues of Mr Spears previously
known as George in the hope they can provide further information about the work he undertook.
George, who lived in the Swansea area all of his life was a steel erector employed by a number of local companies.
George first worked as steel erector for Rees and Kirby Ltd between 1961 and 1970. George worked in steelworks and power stations in the South Wales area. After this between 1964 and 1970 George worked for Prince of Wales Dry Dock that was based in Swansea dry dock. During this time it is thought that George stripped ships that came in to dock. It is thought George would have undertaken a lot of work as a rough brush painter. In later years between 1973 and 1974 George worked in a similar role for Bristol Channel Ship Repairers.
Between 1966 and 1968 it is thought that George worked for Humphreys and Glasgow, Strachen and Henshaw and Newton Chambers as a steel erector and worked in power stations and steelworks. From 1968 to 1969 George worked for Woodall-Duckham Construction Company as a steel erector in Margam Power Station.
Subsequently, between 1969 and 1974 George worked for Babcock and Wilcox operations Ltd again as a steel erector in power stations across the South of Wales and South of England.
In 1973 George started working for BP in Baglan Bay, Swansea and continued to work there until around 1983. George was employed as a painter during this time.
It is believed that George may have come into contact with and worked in close proximity to the dangerous material asbestos during his employment with the above employers as a painter and steel erector. George’s family is keen to hear from any former colleagues from any of the above companies about the work he carried out and the work conditions in which he worked.
From the information we have obtained so far, it is believed that Mr Spears could potentially have been exposed to asbestos during his employment with a number of the companies mentioned. We are now trying to help the Spears family to find former colleagues who worked with Mr Spears so that we can gain a full understanding about where Mr Spears may have been exposed to asbestos, Mr Spears sadly suffered from dementia and his recollections of events were as a result unfortunately limited. Therefore, it is important we speak with his former work colleagues to better understand the nature of the work he performed.
The Spears family has instructed specialist asbestos lawyers at Hugh James to investigate whether and, if so how, Mr Spears came into contact with the hazardous material, asbestos. If you worked with Mr Spears or know how he was exposed to asbestos, please call Angharad Jones on 029 2078 5691 or by filling in the form below.
Witness appeal form for Redvers George Spears
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