Baker Street construction worker death ‘linked to asbestos’
Family of Peter Golding appeal for former colleagues to come forward with information
27 April, 2018 — By William McLennan
THE family of a London Underground construction worker whose death has been linked to asbestos exposure have appealed for his former colleagues to come forward with information.
Peter Golding, who worked on Baker Street station, died four months after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibres.
Solicitors are now investigating whether he may have been exposed to the hazardous material while working to overhaul tube stations and department stores in Marble Arch.
Mr Golding, who died aged 64, visited his GP in February 2016 when he started to feel pain in his arm. Following hospital tests he was diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma and died on 24 June, 2016.
His wife Elaine, 63, said: “To see him in so much pain as the mesothelioma took hold was horrible.
“Our family will never be the same now without him. While we know nothing can ever make up for his death, we just want to find out where he was exposed to asbestos.
“We would be so grateful to anyone who came forward with information, no matter how minor they may feel it is.”
Before his death, Mr Golding recalled how he helped refurbish various stores in London in the 1980s and also worked for Transport for London from 1996 to 1999 and 2003 to 2016.
He helped refurbish underground stations, including working in the switch rooms of Baker Street. He told his family that working conditions would often be dusty.
Lacey St James, a solicitor at law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “Peter’s death is yet another case which demonstrates the shock- ing legacy that asbestos has had on so many lives. Because Peter’s condition quickly deteriorated following his diagnosis he was unable to give full details about his working life before his death.
“We are now appeal- ing to any former work- friends of Peter’s to come forward with vital information about conditions at the sites where he worked so that Elaine, Lee and Kim can find out what caused the mesothelioma which took his life.”
Anyone with information about working conditions at the sites Mr Golding worked on is urged to contact Ms St James on 0207 421 4754 or email laceystjames@ irwinmitchell.com.