Family of Derby man appeal for asbestos information

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The family of a former foundry worker who died after suffering from an asbestos linked illness has issued a call for information over his working life.

Nasib Chand Birdi worked at Leys Malleable Castings, International Combustion and Qualcast over a period of 23 years, but it is unclear exactly where, if at all, the renowned workaholic came into contact with the disease causing substance, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The 67-year-old was retired when he passed away and this might make it more difficult for solicitors to link his place of work to any potential illness, but his family are hoping that any former colleagues of the man might hold the key to proving whether asbestos caused his death.

Mr Birdi died in November 2009 but his relatives aren't giving up hope of finding out more about the circumstances of his exposure.

Jaswant Birdi, 38, the foundryman's son, said: "It was only after his death that we found it out it was asbestos-related but it really felt like there were no signs this would happen to him.

"We actually had to persuade him to go to the doctors when he started to become unwell, as he just thought it was a chest infection, and his condition deteriorated from there. It's very hard and unfair to think what happened to him."

Mr Birdi added that his dad was not the kind of person to have any real illness so when he died of asbestos-related lung disease, it was a huge shock for all involved.

So far, the family's search for information has not brought forth any positive results, but they are hoping an increase in publicity around the foundryman's death could give them the boost they need.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material that was mainly used for insulating purposes in the 1970s, when it was less well known that its inhalation could cause health problems.

But now thousands of people a year are coming forward to claim compensation for asbestos related illnesses developed as a result of being in close contact with the toxin and some are claiming seven figure compensation.

By Francesca Witney