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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