A firm of lawyers from the UK have launched an appeal on behalf of the family of a man who died last year from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Lawyers are appealing for people that formerly worked with the man to come forward.

Philip Branch died in December of last year after being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, and at the inquest it was concluded that he had died from an industrial disease caused by exposure to asbestos. He used to work as a plumber, and had been feeling ill since 2007.

He used to be an apprentice with Hansfords of Honiton, and later worked at various places including the Heathfield army camp, Axminster Hospital, and Delridges in Bristol.

The law firm said: “Before his death, Mr Branch sought compensation for the asbestos exposure which has since taken his life. Sadly, the companies he worked for no longer exist, but Everys and Mr Branch’s family hope to find witnesses in the local area who may have worked for these companies or on the same properties.”

It added: “We hope they can explain what the working conditions were like or help us identify the companies’ insurers.” It also said: “Mr Branch was a much-loved family man, well-known in the community and greatly missed by all those who knew him.”

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