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WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work for the Metal Box Company Limited in Perry Wood, Worcester in the 1960s – early 2000s?

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Did you work with Mike Darling?

Our specialist asbestos claims team has been instructed by the family of the late Mike Darling who has sadly developed and passed away from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer.

Mike spent his whole working life working for the Metal Box Company at their Perry Wood site from the 1960s until his retirement in 2008. During his employment the company was known as Metal Box but later changed its name to Crown Packaging UK Limited.

Mr Darling’s family are appealing to anyone who may have worked with Mike, or who worked at the premises and has knowledge of the use of asbestos or disturbance of asbestos in the premises, to come forward to tell us what they remember.

If you have any information that may assist please get in touch.


Contact specialist asbestos disease solicitor Jemima Ware on

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6 comments on WITNESS APPEAL: Did you work for the Metal Box Company Limited in Perry Wood, Worcester in the 1960s – early 2000s?

  1. Posted by Wendy Williams on June 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    My husband knew Mike from Metal Box where he also worked for much of his life.
    I mentioned this to him & he said all the heating pipes in the factory were covered in asbestos.
    Hope this helps.

  2. Posted by Connie Jane hayward on June 12, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    My late husband was an employee at metal box when I met him in 1988, he had a brain tumour in 1995 and sadly passed away the same year, unfortunately I don’t know how long he was employed there, his name was Edward Chadwick.

  3. Posted by Mark Holmes on June 13, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Hi I worked with Mike, his name discribes him perfectly he was a darling of a man.
    The building was old and did have asbestos in it’s construction, I am led to believe it was covered over with a different material which we were told was safe.
    If I can help in any way I will.

  4. Posted by Andrew Perkins on June 13, 2021 at 7:43 am

    The Perry wood site has been redeveloped now by Taylor Wimpey I am a bricklayer that is still working on their the site was highly contaminated with asbestos when we first arrived on site their was mounds of contaminated spoil that had to be removed from the site

  5. Posted by philip hughes on June 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t know for sure but I think around this time a wall was taken down to make way for New packing machines that were being sited in part of warehouse that may have had asbestos in it also some pipework appeared to be lagged in abestos but whether it was asbestos I’m not sure

  6. Posted by Niall Marshallsay-Read on June 14, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    My father Stuart Marshallsay worked for Metal Box .He passed away last year from a Glioblastoma – a brain tumour associated with asbestos. Why didn’t Metal Box warn any of its former employees?

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