Former Stagehand workers death leaves surviving relatives ‘looking for answers’

The family of an ex-stagehand at a major film studio have said they are searching for answers after his death from an asbestos-related disease at the age of 74.

Edward Redmond, known as Eamonn, worked at multiple film studios between 1975 and 2003, with most of his time being spent at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

Mr Redmond initially worked as a painter’s labourer, later becoming a stagehand.

His first job required him to work in a painter’s workshop, an old building with a number of gas burners connected to heated pipes. His family believe that the lagging used to insulate the pipes and burners may have been asbestos.

His career also saw him work on set builds, in close collaboration with carpenters.

Only in the summer of 2016, several years after he had retired, did Mr Redmond begin to show symptoms of ill health. An x-ray revealed fluid on his lungs, while a CT scan eventually confirmed that he was suffering from mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer.

He passed away from the disease in October 2017, and his relatives are now seeking information on how and where he could have come into contact with the lethal substance.

They hope that his former colleagues at Elstree Studios will be able to provide insight into this, as they seek to take legal action against those responsible.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Hertsmere Borough Council, which has owned the studio since 1996, commented: “We are very sorry to hear about Mr Redmond’s illness and subsequent death and will, of course, respond to any requests for information from the family’s legal team that we receive.”

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Health Secretary has no idea how many Scottish hospital are riddles with Asbestos

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has admitted she has no idea how many Scottish hospitals could be riddled with asbestos.

World renowned doctor, Mags Portman who died of mesothelioma last year, was believed to have been poisoned by the killer dust while she was a trainee in Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Freeman has now revealed an investigation has been ordered to find out how many hospitals in Scotland could be affected after conceding her Government has no idea of the figure.

“The Scottish Government recognise the hazard of asbestos and the risks to health that it poses.

“Asbestos is only dangerous when disturbed and the advice from the Health and Safety Executive is that asbestos should remain in-situ providing it is in ‘good’ condition.

And even where damage is minor, it should still be encapsulated rather than removed. Therefore, if it is safely managed and contained, it doesn’t present a health hazard.”

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, with about 2500 diagnoses in the UK each year. Nine in 10 cases are linked to exposure to asbestos, according to Mesothelioma UK.

The Scottish Government said: “As there is no central record of asbestos across the hospital estate, the Health Secretary has asked boards to provide this information by the end of April.”

Asbestos is still known as the Silent Killer, whether you are working in a domestic, commercial or industrial property built prior to 1999 you are required to have an asbestos register in place to comply with current legislation.

 

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