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Law firm Slater and Gordon is appealing for witnesses who worked at the former Firestone tyre factory in Sunshine during the 1970s and 1980s, as part of an investigation into an asbestos compensation claim.

Slater and Gordon, asbestos lawyer, Margaret Kent, said the law firm was investigating a claim on behalf of Mr Anton (Tony) Vukoja who died from lung cancer in February this year.

Ms Kent said the law firm believed Mr Vukoja had been exposed to asbestos while working at the then Firestone factory on St Albans Road, Sunshine. The factory was also known as British Tyre Rubber and was at one stage owned by James Hardie.

“Mr Vukoja worked at the plant between 1970 and 1980 and he worked as a labourer mixing up the rubber for the tyres,” Ms Kent said.

“We believe that he would have been exposed to asbestos during the course of this work and we are keen to hear from others who worked at the factory.”

“Witnesses do not have to have worked along side Mr Vukoja, but they may have information about the use and level of asbestos in that workplace,” she said.

Mr Vukoja’s granddaughter Melita appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

She said her grandfather’s health deteriorated quickly this year. He was aged 70 at the time of his death.

“It would be really good to hear from anyone who worked at the factory and has any information about the business or my grandfather’s work,” Melita said.

“I am keen to hold those responsible for my grandfather’s poor health to account.”

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