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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