Appeal after Leeds asbestos death

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The family of man from Leeds who died of an asbestos-related cancer is appealing for his former colleagues to come forward with information.

John Michael Kelsey worked for Leeds Asbestos Insulation during the mid-1960s and may also have been exposed to asbestos whilst working for the firm in Wales. He also worked for Cape Insulation Limited around 1968/1969.

He died aged 68 in February 2015 and an autopsy revealed the cause of his death was mesothelioma - an incurable cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago.

An inquest in Harrogate in September concluded that Mr Kelsey’s death was as a result of an industrial disease.

His sister Denise Cowe, 65, said: “My brother lived a simple life and I don’t really remember him getting ill, so his death came as a bolt out of the blue to us.

“It was terrible watching his health deteriorate so quickly and for the doctors to not know what the cause was. It was only after his death that we discovered the truth.”

His family has now instructed specialist industrial disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help them find answers as to how much protection, if any, Mr Kelsey was provided with while working with the deadly material. Anyone with any information about the working conditions at Leeds Asbestos Insulation or Cape Insulation Limited during the 1960s should contact Mark Aldridge at Irwin Mitchell on 0113 394 6757 or email