Asbestos claim for ex-worker

A TERMINALLY ill hotelier fears working at a Wigan pub in the 1970s may have signed his death warrant.

Colin Holstein has deadly asbestos-related mesothelioma and thinks his time in the cellars of the Brocket Arms 40 years ago, along with a hotel in Stockport, was where he inhaled the lethal fibres.

The Darlington 61-year-old has appealed to former colleagues to help a legal claim against the employers.

Mr Holstein worked in the hotel trade for 32 years, particularly in old buildings with large boiler rooms, often containing asbestos lagging. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2009 and has been forced into early retirement by his illness.

He believes his exposure to asbestos occurred while working in the dusty cellars and boiler rooms at the Alma Lodge, Stockport, from 1967 to ’70, and the Brocket from 1970 to ’72.

He has now instructed Roger Maddocks, partner and industrial illness specialist at Irwin Mitchell, to investigate a legal claim.

Mr Holstein said: “There was pipework running throughout the basements of both hotels, all of which was lagged in what appeared to be asbestos. It was all at head height, almost entirely in a poor state of repair, deteriorating rapidly, which meant that the atmosphere there was very dusty.

“You never think anything of it at the time, you just get on with your job. I certainly never expected it would come back to haunt me so many years later. I now have fluid gathering on my lungs again, which is causing me to be incredibly short of breath.”

Mr Holstein and his legal team are clear they do not hold the current owners, Wetherspoons, in any way responsible. Anyone with information can contact Mr Maddocks on 0191 279 0095.