Former York carriageworks employee dies from asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma

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Former York carriageworks employee dies from asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma

8:31am Thursday 23rd February 2012

By Mike Laycock , Chief reporter

HE lost more than 20 former York carriageworks colleagues to the asbestos timebomb over the years – and always feared he would be next.

Now hundreds of mourners have packed York Crematorium for the funeral of 64-year-old Arnie “Tivvy” Gomersall after he too fell victim to the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.

They heard a church minister hit out at the “absolute scandal” of the way hundreds of workers at the factory in Holgate Road were exposed over the years to deadly asbestos dust.

The Reverend Matt Woodcock, a family friend, said he last saw Tivvy about a week before he died, when he looked thin and frail and was in obvious pain.

“He told me that he felt a deep sense of anger at his situation,” he said. “Tivvy is one of hundreds of men who have died because of exposure to asbestos dust at the carriageworks.

“It is an absolute scandal that they were never told of its dangers or given protection from it, when the powers that be knew – or should have known – how deadly it was. So it’s no wonder that Tivvy was angry – he had every right to be. He also wasn’t afraid of speaking out about the scandal to anyone who’d listen.”

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