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Asbestos Victim Wonít Get Compensation Unless Insurers of P. Hamer & Sons Can be Found


A Pendlebury man and his family may miss out on tens of thousands of pounds worth of compensation unless his solicitors can trace the insurers of the company where he worked in the 1960ís and where he was exposed to deadly asbestos dust.

66 year old Alan South was employed as a labourer by building contractors, P. Hamer & Sons of Park Street, Swinton between 1963 and 1966, during which time he used to cut asbestos sheet and then sweep up the asbestos dust and put it in to hessian sacks. Little did he know that the dust he was breathing in without being provided with any protection was going to be the cause of debilitating asbestosis, a condition that affects the lungs and severely restricts breathing and mobility.

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Alan is bringing a claim against his former employers, but his solicitor, Pauline Chandler, a specialist in industrial disease compensation at Manchester law firm, Pannone LLP, says that unless she is able to trace P. Hamerís former insurers, Alan will not receive the compensation to which he should be entitled.

Commenting further she said, ďWe know Hamerís insurance brokers at the time were a firm called, Harold Yates Burgess & Co, who had offices on King Street, Manchester. We also know that from 1970 to 1973, Hamerís was insured by AGF. There is no record of the insurers before this time and Harold Yates & Burgess was unfortunately dissolved in 1994, leaving us with no records for the period in question. We would very much like to talk to anyone who worked for Harold Yates & Burgess and can remember anything about the insurance of P. Hamer. Anyone with information should contact me at Pannone on 0870 164 2372 or 0161 909 4662.Ē

Now retired, Alan has to have oxygen on-hand 24 hours a day to help assist with his breathing and is only able to get around with aid of a special scooter. Alanís wife Winifred, who has witnessed her husbandís declining health first hand, said, ďItís so sad to see him in this condition, unable to get out into the garden he loved or even enjoy a stroll out. Weíve been told that the dangers of asbestos were well known in the 1960ís, yet employers like Alanís did not provide proper protection for him. If anyone can help with information about Hamerís insurers, we would be really grateful if they would contact Pannone.Ē


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