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19 November 2021 | Witness Appeals | Article by Angharad Jones

Did you work with Margret Janice Wilkins?

Mrs Margaret Wilkins worked for British American Optics all of her working life. She worked at their factory in Kidwelly from 1960 to 1966. Mrs Wilkins sadly passed away in the summer of 2020. British American Optics were a large employer in the local area.

As far as we know, Mrs Wilkins worked in the Bowfield section of the factory. Her role was to brush the moulds and to put the caps into the mould, throwing the rejects away. A film was then pulled down by way of a press onto the top of the lenses using intense heat. After this, the lenses were left to cool before being sent to the next department for the lenses to be fitted into the frame.

It is believed that furnaces were present at the factory which used heat to mould the lenses. It is also thought that asbestos lagged pipework ran throughout the factory.

Mrs Wilkins’ family are keen to hear from anyone who worked at British American Optics during the 1960s, especially if they know how asbestos may have been used.

The Wilkins family have instructed specialist asbestos lawyers at Hugh James to investigate whether and, if so how, Mrs Wilkins came into contact with the hazardous material, asbestos.

Former colleagues that knew Mrs Margaret Wilkins can get in touch by clicking on the button below and filling in the form.

With offices in Cardiff, London, Plymouth and Southampton, Hugh James is a Top 100 firm, employing a team of around 600 people, including over 50 partners. Its specialist industrial 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 affected in the workplace.

Author bio

Angharad Jones

Senior Associate

Angharad is a Senior Associate in the Industrial Disease department and has over three years of experience in dealing with asbestos related disease claims. She acts for patients suffering from asbestos related diseases including asbestosis, pleural thickening and mesothelioma, and also specialises in claims for silicosis.

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