Asbestos removal to begin at Redcar’s iconic Regent Cinema

With one of our regional offices here at Trident Asbestos Solutions being based in Durham, we always take a keen interest in any local developments affirming the continued importance of services like ours, which range from asbestos removal contractor audits to asbestos surveys, air monitoring, project management and advice.

One announcement that greatly saddened us earlier this year was that of the sudden closure of the Regent Cinema on the seafront of the North Yorkshire town of Redcar. The manager of one of Teesside’s oldest and most-loved cinemas confirmed in April that the decision had been made to shut the venue “for the foreseeable future” due to structural problems.

Since then, work has been underway to save the building, amid hopes that the closure will not be a permanent one – and the sensitive removal of asbestos is a key focus.

Playing a distinguished role in local history

 Generations of residents of the North East town have grown up with the Regent Cinema as a familiar landmark. Built as the New Pavilion over the entrance of the now-defunct Coatham Pier in 1928, it was for many years a successful music hall and repertory theatre, hosting such acts as “Britain’s first boy band”, the Dallas Boys, and Billy Breen – an early stage-name of comedy legend Larry Grayson.

Indeed, it is thought that Grayson’s catchphrase, “shut that door!”, originated in the town when he uttered it in response to wind from the sea blowing across the stage due to a side door having been left open.

It later became a cinema, and has been run by Neil Bates since the early 1990s. In 2007, ‘The Regent’ – as it is locally known – even became a movie star in its own right, appearing in Atonement, which also starred Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Manager still committed amid “frustrating situation”

 Local newspaper The Northern Echo reported on Tuesday that work to remove asbestos from the cinema had now been commissioned, and was expected to start in the coming weeks.

Cabinet member at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for culture, tourism and communications, Carl Quartermain, said professionals were being engaged “to remove the asbestos in a secure way. Care has been taken to ensure the boards at The Regent don’t take away from the look and feel of our fantastic seafront.”

Bates commented: “It’s a frustrating situation but I remain committed to cinema in our borough. We’re hoping that temporary alternative venues to show films might be found while the required ongoing work is carried out at The Regent.”

We certainly hope here at Trident Asbestos Solutions that this vital asbestos removal work will be successful, and that this beloved landmark can return to use as a cinema in the near future. In the meantime, if your own organisation is in need of the most dependable asbestos removal contractor audits or related services, you are welcome to seek a quote from us by calling 03333 441555.

Family of ex-adult training centre worker seek answers relating to mesothelioma death

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With more cases of mesothelioma being brought to light than ever, the need for effective asbestos management and asbestos removal to help minimise the number of future cases is ever-growing.

A Lancashire family was left devastated after mesothelioma claimed the life of Jennifer Ashworth – a former adult training centre worker who died aged just 69.

Jennifer was diagnosed with the disease in October 2014, dying just four months later.

More about mesothelioma – the often-silent killer

 A form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs (and sometimes stomach), mesothelioma has a harrowingly low survival rate.

Mesothelioma differs from most other common types of cancer in that it can take decades for its symptoms to make themselves known to the sufferer. Unfortunately, by then, the cancer is in an advanced stage, often meaning that little can be done bar maintaining a fair quality of life for as long as possible.

In most cases – as with Jennifer’s – it means that sufferers only have a very short period of time before diagnosis and death.

Now, an appeal is being launched by Jennifer’s family – who are working closely with Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office – to investigate the circumstances in which she was exposed to the deadly material.

Information sought about adult training centre building 

 Jennifer worked at Lancashire County Council’s Springbank Adult Training Centre between 1968 and 2006 – almost 40 years – which led her and her family to believe that she was exposed to asbestos while working at the premises.

The building has since been demolished, leaving very little information behind to help Jennifer’s family in their search for information.

One detail that Jennifer did remember, however, is that the centre closed for a short period in the 1980s so that asbestos could be removed.

A family left devastated

 Jennifer’s brother, Simon, is now working alongside their extended family to contact anyone who worked at the Springbank centre during the same period as Jennifer, or anyone who worked there while asbestos was still present in the building.

He said: “The impact the mesothelioma diagnosis had on Jennifer was absolutely terrible to see and it was awful for us all to see her in so much pain… although we know nothing will bring her back, we are determined to understand how she came into contact with the substance and if more could have been done by her former employers to protect her.”

Get in touch with Trident Asbestos Solutions today to learn more about our broad range of asbestos-related services, also including the likes of asbestos surveys, air monitoring, asbestos removal project management.

Heartbroken Sunderland widow appeals for information after multiple relatives succumb to mesothelioma

In an all-too-familiar case, a family in the North East have been left devastated after an asbestos-related disease claimed the life of David Givens, a former joiner and shop fitter.

David was aged just 63 when he died in August of last year of mesothelioma, a disease caused primarily by exposure to asbestos fibres.

What is mesothelioma?

 Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that primarily attacks the lining of the lungs or the stomach. It is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres.

The disease often takes decades to be detected. By then, such is the aggressive nature of the disease in its later stages that it is often too late to do anything more than attempt to maintain the sufferer’s quality of life as much as possible.

David received his diagnosis three years before his death – a longer period of time than usual, as cases of mesothelioma are so often only diagnosed only months or even weeks before death.

 His widow, Pamela, is now working with lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to discover where David may have been exposed to the deadly material, and to attempt to trace his former colleagues who may hold relevant information.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that an asbestos-related disease has claimed the life of one of the members of Pamela’s family; “Nothing is going to bring David back to us but asbestos has claimed two members of our family now and we just want answers.”

A common occurrence

As mesothelioma has a habit of remaining undetected for decades, many cases of it are only just coming to light now.

According to data from Cancer Research, there were approximately 2,667 new cases of the disease diagnosed in the UK in 2013.

Although asbestos has been banned for use as a building material for over a decade now, it remains present in older buildings up and down the country. Services such as asbestos surveys,  asbestos management and safe asbestos removal are vital to ensure that younger generations don’t have to suffer through asbestos-related diseases.

To enquire about asbestos removal or any of the other acclaimed services that we offer here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Harlow man’s family seek answers after his asbestos-related death

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In an all too familiar story that further highlights the needs for services such as the management and safe removal of asbestos, the family of a former sheet metal worker are appealing to his former colleagues for information after he unfortunately succumbed to mesothelioma last year.

John Bright was only 68 years old when he died in November – just 15 months after receiving his initial diagnosis.

 What is mesothelioma?

 Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the body’s major organs, mainly the lungs and stomach.

What makes mesothelioma so deadly is the way it can lay undetected for years and even decades, meaning that by the time a diagnosis is received, the cancer is already in an advanced and practically untreatable stage. Only 50% of sufferers survive a year after diagnosis, dropping to a survival rate of 10% after five years.

Mesothelioma is nearly always caused by one thing – the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres.

John earned a living fitting air conditioning and air vent ducting for over 30 years, which is where he believed he came into contact with the deadly building material.

John’s widower, Joyce, stated: “He remembered feeding ducting through holes he had cut in corrugated factory roofing which he believed was manufactured with asbestos, he also recalled working on old buildings with asbestos cladding. The nature of his work meant there was also a lot of dust around him.”

A search for answers

 The family worked closely with lawyers at Irwin Mitchell even before John’s death to investigate how his illness developed, and to see whether anything else could have been done to protect him from asbestos exposure at his job, urging anyone with any information to come forward.

“We miss him every day and while nothing will bring him back, we just want to know whether more should have been done to protect him from the risks of asbestos exposure and gain justice on his behalf.”

With so many cases of mesothelioma coming to light in recent years, organisations and individuals alike need to do as much as possible to prevent even more people from suffering from the debilitating and devastating disease – which means ridding the world of as much asbestos as possible.

Enquire to Trident Asbestos Solutions today about our any of our asbestos services that have already proved invaluable for all manner of businesses across the UK.

Hitchin man suing county council for exposure to asbestos

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A former teacher is taking legal action after contracting a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Paul Crabtree taught religious education at Bessemer School in Hitchin for a decade, from 1972 until the school’s closure in 1988.

He worked in a post-war prefabricated classroom for most of his time there, where it transpires that asbestos was part of the building’s fabric. Mr Crabtree has since contracted mesothelioma – a cancer of the stomach lining and lungs that is primarily caused by asbestos. Mesothelioma offers little to no chance of survival and often takes several years or decades to become detectable.

Mr Crabtree stated: “The wisdom at the time was that if you left the asbestos alone it was all right – but I have been affected by it.” It has been found that asbestos is fairly harmless if left alone, but if it is disturbed in any way, the fibres and dust can be released into the air, thereby becoming deadly.

Asbestos was removed from the school from 1983 onwards, a period of time when the dangers of asbestos were starting to become clearer in the UK.

After leaving Bessemer School, Mr Crabtree went on to teach at Royston’s Roysia Middle School between 1989 and 2004, but unfortunately had to retire due to being diagnosed with multiple myeloma – a form of bone marrow cancer.

Paul is now teaming up with lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, one of the UK’s largest firms, to bring a civil court case against Hertfordshire County Council. A financial settlement is yet to be agreed, with talks between the two parties set to continue.

Due to the amount of time it takes for the majority of asbestos-related diseases to show, many stories concerning asbestos exposure many decades ago have only recently hit the news. If anything, such stories further highlight the need for asbestos removal; just because the use of it has been prohibited, doesn’t mean it isn’t still lurking around in some older buildings.

For more information on asbestos removal, asbestos surveying or other services regarding asbestos safety, don’t hesitate to contact Trident Surveying today.

St Albans woman died from multiple asbestos exposure

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The importance of correctly assessing, removing, and working with asbestos can’t be stressed enough. Here at Trident Surveying, we offer a range of services, including the ever-vital asbestos removal project management, to ensure that your home or workplace is 100% safe.

Sometimes, though, the problem is caught far too late. The majority of the time, this is because the horrific affects that asbestos can have often don’t show up until several years later, as was the case with 80-year old Joyce Hood of St Albans.

Ms Hood unfortunately succumbed to mesothelioma in September. A form of lung and stomach lining cancer, mesothelioma is nearly always caused by the breathing in of asbestos fibres, and is always fatal.

A testimony from Ms Hood’s son, Robert, said that she had once worked at a power station in Wales where asbestos was known to be present. He also mentioned the ceiling of the airing cupboard in the family’s home, which was made from crumbling asbestos.

Joyce chose to declare that she had not been exposed to asbestos at work, following an appeal for compensation. Ms Hood’s coroner, Mr Sullivan, then recorded that Joyce had passed due to non-work related asbestos exposure.

As well as inflicting horrific diseases upon those who inhale its fibres, even several decades later, asbestos can also have immediate life-altering affects. Just the other week, a mother and her son were evacuated from their home in Harlow, Essex, after asbestos was detected.

A test carried out by Harlow Council revealed that extremely high levels of asbestos were present in the home of Kara Hanrahan and her eight year old son, Toby.

The extent of the danger of the asbestos has meant that the family’s home has had to be entirely sealed off, with the family’s belongings, including Christmas presents, abandoned inside.

Ms  Hanrahan and her son are currently staying in temporary accommodation while the council carries out further tests to assess the extent to which asbestos fibres have been released.

Asbestos has claimed the life of yet another person, and has ruined another two people’s Christmas. Here at Trident Surveying, we think that incidents like this should never have to occur again. It is precisely because of this that we offer a wide range of services regarding asbestos, including project management on asbestos removal, asbestos air monitoring, re-inspections and asbestos surveys.

Ensure that your organisation’s workplace is safe by contacting our friendly team today about our full suite of asbestos related services.

 

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