Rochdale takes vote on asbestos air monitoring

Turner Brothers


Rochdale Township has recently taken a vote on plans to conduct asbestos air testing at the former Turner Brothers site. Andy Glover, the Chief Public Protection Office at Rochdale Council, said the authority needed to re-assure the public about any health risks they might be concerned about due to possible airborne asbestos contamination. Mr Glover said that he didn’t think the site posed a risk, but wanted to give locals the peace of mind that they were seeking and confirm that there was no threat.

Mr Glover said that “several monitoring stations” had been posted around the site’s perimeter, whilst another piece of monitoring equipment was being kept at the Council’s offices. He said monthly readings were to be taken in order for the bigger picture to be seen.

The Council is to analyse the figure and receive reports from consultants, Mr Glover stating that any information obtained would be shared with local residents. A coordinator from Save Spodden Valley said that the news of the impending asbestos air testing could be “cause for great concern”, Jason Addy stating that while the story may look like “good news” on the surface, locals’ fears may be justified.

Mr Addy told Rochdale Online that he had been asking for baseline air monitoring to take place for more than a decade, adding that the public could come to see the monitoring as a “cynical PR exercise with a predetermined outcome”.

Mr Addy expressed concerns that details given by the council were too vague, saying that an opportunity to get expert advice on putting together a “robust testing procedure” may have been missed. He added that the site used to host “the world’s largest asbestos factory”, in reference to official confirmation that of the site containing tens of thousands of tonnes of asbestos.

Describing the premises as a “dangerous and dusty factory complex”, Mr Addy said that archived documents proved that it was “no ordinary industrial site”. He went on to describe the site as a “toxic blight”, pleading with the brass plaque off-shore company’s real owner to make the site a safe “green lung” that the town could be proud of.

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Asbestos causes death of accomplished Derby musician

derby concert orchestra

It greatly saddened us recently here at Trident Surveying to read of another death from industrial disease that was ultimately attributable to asbestos exposure – that of founder member of the Derby Concert Orchestra, Roy Harrison. It is another reminder of just how crucial the right asbestos surveys and asbestos air testing services could be in modern workplaces for averting future tragedies.

Mr Harrison, who once performed in front of the Queen at Buckingham Palace and was part of the group for six decades, worked in the railway industry until he was in his 50s, prior to becoming a music teacher at Abbotsholme Boarding School, Rocester.

The talented orchestral player was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis – scarring of the lungs following asbestos exposure – six years ago. He died at London Road Community Hospital in early June at the age of 82. His widow, Joan, to whom he was married for 58 years, recently attended an inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners’ Court.

Mrs Harrison described her late husband as a “very well respected and accomplished musician” who had even been able to play with the industrial disease for three years, which she put down to his ability to breathe via his diaphragm. He finally slowed down once he became unable to play long notes.

Mr Harrison began working at Derby’s Locomotive Works in 1949 after leaving school, and it was while he worked as an apprentice fitter and millwright that he was first exposed to asbestos. He performed for the Queen after being called up for National Service in the mid-1950s, and worked in the railway industry until 1988, when he was made redundant and began to teach the flute.

Such was his high level of activity even after diagnosis, that he was helping to teach a group of 12 female musicians, the Champagne Flutes in Burton, right up to his death. Paul McCandless, Assistant Deputy Coroner, confirmed that Mr Harrison died due to an industrial disease.

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Bloomsbury Theatre closes over asbestos find

Bloomsbury Theatre

One of London’s most iconic venues, the Bloomsbury Theatre, has been forced to close early for large-scale construction work after asbestos was found in the building.

The theatre was supposed to close in January 2016 for six months next year, prior to minor building works disturbing asbestos in the building. This led to management deciding to close the venue early so it can still reopen by next summer – another story that has highlighted the continued importance of asbestos surveying and asbestos air testing.

Staff members are now collaborating with production companies to find venues for shows that were due to take place at the venue before January. These include Gangsta Granny (an adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book) and a fundraising event for the Arts Emergency charity.

University College London, the theatre’s owners, said that the decision was essential for safety purposes. The institution said the works would now “take longer than anticipated”, adding that “we apologise for the inconvenience caused”. However, the recently opened Studio part of the building is to remain open while the main auditorium is out of use.

The theatre, on Gordon Street in the Borough of Camden is famed for hosting high-profile drama, music, comedy and dance productions. It first opened in 1968, when it was called the Collegiate Theatre and was renamed the Bloomsbury Theatre in 1982. It was known as The UCL Bloomsbury for seven years in the 2000s. Ricky Gervais is among its most famous alumnus.

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