The family of a former construction worker who died from an asbestos-related disease are looking for answers.
Ian Bainbridge, 70, from Morecambe, died just months after being diagnosed with a form of cancer called mesothelioma.
Effie Creswell, his partner of 34 years, is appealing for his ex-colleagues to provide information about the conditions he worked in as a labourer and general foreman in the 1970s and 80s, during which time it is thought he may have been exposed to asbestos.
Ian is also a former rugby league player.
Effie said: “I miss Ian terribly and it’s absolutely devastating to think he died simply for going to work every day and because of the working conditions he had to put up with.”
Ian first started to feel breathless and lethargic last year while on holiday. When he returned home he visited his doctor who referred him to Royal Lancaster Infirmary for tests. He was admitted to hospital four more times due to breathing problems and he was finally diagnosed with mesothelioma in September.
The dad-of-one and grandad-of-two was given oxygen to help ease his coughing and chest pains before he was referred to St John’s Hospice in Lancaster for palliative care. He died in January.
Ian was employed as a labourer at civil engineering company Norwest in 1975 and was responsible for travelling to sites across the country to carry out construction work.
Megan Christie, an industrial disease expert from Irwin Mitchell’s, said: “Mesothelioma is a debilitating illness that can have a terrible impact on victims and their families, particularly people like Effie who had so little time left with her partner after he was diagnosed.”
Former colleagues with information can call 0161 838 5595.