Daughter's search for answers after father dies from asbestos-related cancer

PUBLISHED: 11:21 02 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:55 02 June 2018

Rodney Bailey. Photo: Irwin Mitchell.

Rodney Bailey. Photo: Irwin Mitchell.

Irwin Mitchell.

The family of a former maintenance worker from Norwich who died of asbestos-related cancer earlier this year have launched an appeal for answers over his illness.

Rodney Bailey. Photo: Irwin Mitchell. Rodney Bailey. Photo: Irwin Mitchell.

Rodney Bailey , 75, died at the Colman Hospital in January, just 12 weeks after he was told he had mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung which is associated with exposure to the deadly material asbestos.

Mr Bailey, who was one of three children, is thought to have lived in Norwich during his time working at Sizewell Power Station in the 1960s.

And his daughter Julie, 43, wants to find out how he could have come into contact with asbestos and whether more could have been done to prevent his illness.

She said: “Dad was always really interested in cars and we think around this time he may have been particularly memorable as he would have travelled into work in a Triumph.

Rodney Bailey. Photo: Irwin Mitchell. Rodney Bailey. Photo: Irwin Mitchell.

“It has only been a short period of time since dad’s death and the entire family misses him so much. We’re desperate for answers regarding his illness and any further information from former colleagues could prove vital to our efforts to gain justice on his behalf.

“We just feel we deserve answers regarding what he went through and whether it could have been prevented.”

The family instructed specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate.

And they are calling on anyone who worked with Mr Bailey during his time as a member of the maintenance crew at Sizewell Power Station from 1965 to 1969 to come forward and provide information regarding the working conditions he faced.

Rosemary Giles, partner and asbestos-related disease expert at Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office is representing the family. She said: “This is yet another tragic example of the devastating impact that asbestos-related disease can have on victims, with Rodney passing away just weeks after his diagnosis.

“We are now working to develop a full picture of Rodney’s working life and are particularly keen for information regarding his work at Sizewell Power Station and whether he may have come into contact with asbestos at the site.

“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who can come forward and provide an insight into the working conditions he would have faced, as such information could be a step towards ensuring his loved ones gain justice regarding his terrible illness.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Yasmin Jeffcoate at Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office on 01223 791 1846 or email

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