Daughter of Cradley Heath usherette who died from asbestos related cancer

Margaret worked as an usherttere in quinton’s classic cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippadrome from 1976 until 1986.. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions.

The heartbroken daughter of a former usherette from Cradley Heath is appealing to her mum’s ex-colleagues after she died from asbestos-related cancer. Lynne’s Halls’ mother Margaret Rose Edgington was 71 when she first became ill in 2012 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma the following year.

She died on September 8, 2014. Margaret worked as an usherette in Quinton’s Classic Cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippodrome from 1976 until 1986. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back.

Then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions. “I’d be so grateful to anyone who worked with my mum or at Classic Cinema or Birmingham Hippodrome around that time to get in touch to help shed some light on how she would have been exposed to the substance.”

During her time at the Hippodrome, Margaret became friends with a colleague, Anne, and the two were pictured with Des O’Connor, who was appearing at the theatre at the time.

Mrs Halls added: “I’d particularly like to hear from Anne and it would mean a lot to my family and I if she could get in touch.

“Mum worked hard her whole life.

“We’re devastated to have lost her this way. If someone could just give us the answers we’re looking for we’d feel like we could better come to terms with our loss.”

Alida Coates, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell said: “Margaret’s family have been left devastated at the loss of their mother.

“It was a complete shock to be told that her Margaret had a fatal asbestos illness.”

She added: “We are keen to speak to anyone who worked at or undertook refurbishment at Classic Cinema, Quinton or the Hippodrome during the period when Margaret was employed.

“Any information from people engaged in refurbishment or fellow colleagues or friends who worked alongside her could prove vital in securing the information we need to secure justice for Margaret and her family.”

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Parents back closure of primary school after asbestos discovery

Builders working on the building at Broke Hall Primary School, Ipswich dislodged some asbestos at the end of last week.

That has to be cleared up by specialist contractors – and headteacher Jenny Barr wrote to parents over the weekend to warn that the school could not open until September 12.

Posting on our Facebook page over the weekend, Lindsey Lambert said: “I’m glad they are taking precautions so our children are safe. It’s just frustrating it’s so close to the start of term when they have been doing building work since the beginning of July.

“It’s a pain for us parents but we have all rallied around and will all look after each other’s children. Their health is the priority. Mrs Barr is a fantastic head and wouldn’t have made this decision unless it was totally necessary.”

Meanwhile, Sylvia Ward added: “I wonder what would have happened if a parent decided to have an extra week’s holiday with their child? They would have been fined.”

But Denise Hammond responded by saying: “It’s not holiday. It’s their health that’s more important.”

Other parents expressed their dismay that after a big build up their child’s first day at school was being delayed.

Lora Hubbard said: “Poor Amelia. She was so excited and now has to wait another week!”

Stefanie Racheal hit back saying: “It’s for the health and safety of the children. People need to grow up. Would you rather children get ill in say 30 years time of a nasty possibly fatal condition?

“So what if they only found it now? I would rather they found it now than expose our children!”

Paulina Farouk said she was very concerned: “I shall have to tell my manager what has happened. I haven’t been able to find anyone else to look after my daughter at such short notice.”

Tina Sallows-Dixon added: “Obviously the school wouldn’t have closed if it wasn’t necessary. It’s a major health issue for both teachers and pupils.

“On the positive you can get an all-inclusive holiday very cheaply this week! Not so good for those who have child care issues, though.”

And those with children at neighbouring schools were sad they missed the opportunity to extend the summer break.

Kelly Ambrose said: “I wish my kids went here. I’d be more then happy with an extra week, these holidays have gone far too quickly.”

Is your child affected? Are you making the most of an extra week off or are you struggling for childcare? Leave your comments below.

Source: Ipswichstar

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Man diagnosed with terminal cancer caused by asbestos pleas for help with legal action

A RETIRED HGV driver is appealing for his former colleagues help after being diagnosed with terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Roger Bracegirdle, 69, from Timperley, believes he was exposed to asbestos during work, which led to him developing mesothelioma.

The father-of-two spent six years working as a HGV driver at George Bracegirdle & Sons Ltd, a company owned by his father and his uncle.

During his time at the Partington-based company, from 1967 until shortly before the company was dissolved in 1975, he spent time collecting and loading pallets of asbestos insulation boards and reels of asbestos sheeting from the Turner and Newall asbestos cement warehouse.

Roger has now instructed expert asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his exposure to the substance.

Roger, who has been married to his wife Susan for 45 years, said: “I can’t remember ever being given anything to protect me or being warned of the risks asbestos posed to my health.

“My mesothelioma diagnosis came as a terrible shock for all of us and I’m very concerned about what the future holds for me and my family as my condition gets worse.

“The company was dissolved back in 1975 and we don’t have records of the insurers of the business, but I’m hoping that some of the people who worked for the company will come forward with any information they have about which company held the insurance.”

Roger is now appealing to his former colleagues to come forward and help provide information that could identify the insurer and enable him to access compensation.

Dominic Hemsi, a Partner and specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “In these cases victims have to rely on accessing compensation from insurance companies to help cover their care costs, as well as providing financial security for loved ones they will leave behind. This process can be extremely difficult when companies have been dissolved for long periods of time.

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Essex school fined £46k for exposing staff to asbestos

Managers at The Boswells School, in Chelmsford, converted an old boiler room into a cleaning store.

During the work asbestos residue on the walls was disturbed and caretakers swept contaminated debris from floors.

Their exposure to risk only came to light after a later asbestos survey was completed in the area, Chelmsford Crown Court heard on Friday.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found materials containing asbestos were also present in other areas, and school caretaking staff and contractors had disturbed the fabric of school buildings over many years without being alerted to their presence.

Anyone who entered potentially contaminated areas were placed at risk of developing serious ill health conditions. The school, in Burnham Road, also failed to ensure that spread of asbestos was prevented or reduced.

Boswells Academy Trust pleaded guilty to breaching two health and safety regulations.

Judge David Turner QC fined the trust £26,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £20,000.

Glyn Davies, HSE inspector, said after the hearing: “The Boswells Academy Trust should have controlled this potentially lethal risk by identifying the type, location and condition of any asbestos containing materials within the fabric of the school, and by implementing suitable precautions to prevent its disturbance.

“This prosecution should act as a reminder, not just to schools, but to all persons in control of the repair and maintenance of non-domestic premises, of the need to ensure correct measures are put in place.”

Source: East Anglian Times

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Deputy Technical Manager – North Wales

A vacancy has arisen for a Deputy Technical Manager at our St Asaph office.

The role involves the operational management of asbestos site analysts, surveyors, laboratory analysts and administrators. The proactive development of the existing team in St Asaph, along with any new staff recruited for this office, will also be required.

Commercial acumen is a must along with the drive and ambition to grow sales in line with set targets. This will require the candidate to work closely with the Business Development Manager and members of the Senior Management Team in developing the office and its range of services further. The role also requires a consultant who can develop relationships with existing and new clients.

Previous experience of asbestos consultancy and site work is essential along with the appropriate BOHS “P” certificates for site work (P402, P403 and P404) or equivalent.

The successful candidate should have people management and training skills. A good working knowledge of TEAMs (or similar) and a range of Microsoft packages is also essential, as is a full UK driving licence.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will hold or will go on to obtain the W504 qualification and will be developed to achieve CCP status. It is also acknowledged that the person applying for this position may require a significant amount of support and training from other senior members of staff within the company.

Salary is negotiable between £27,500 – £30,000 per annum (depending on experience and qualifications) plus company car, a company paid health and wellbeing plan and 22 days holiday/ 8 statutory bank holidays and pension via auto-enrolment.

To apply for this vacancy please send a CV and covering letter to:

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Asbestos Surveyor Job Vacancy

Home Based Southern England

Salary – dependent upon experience and qualifications

Due to recent successes in securing work with National organisations we are seeking to employ competent and flexible home based asbestos surveyors/analysts to undertake, Management, Refurbishment and Demolition surveys of commercial and industrial premises in the Southern Counties of England. The ability to also undertake analytical work would be advantageous.

In general the successful candidate will have good general knowledge of asbestos surveying, analytical skills, asbestos management and legislation, have the ability to work independently and effectively to ensure the clients are provided with an excellent service and have good verbal and written communication skills.

The applicant must hold a P402 or equivalent qualification as a minimum, with P403 and P404 qualifications desirable.  Have a good standard of general education and at least 2 years’ experience of surveying non-domestic property types for a UKAS accredited organisation. A full British driving licence is a requirement of the position.

The work will be primarily based in the South of England but may require overnight stays in other areas should the work load require this. Occasional visits will be required to the head of office located in the West Midlands. The successful candidate will be required to assist in the employment of a surveyor assistant to work alongside them on a day to day basis.

This is a good opportunity to join a well-established and successful organisation that can offer a competitive salary, company vehicle, 22 days holiday plus bank holidays per year, company paid health and wellbeing scheme and pension.

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Asbestos-hit Cwmcarn High School to close permanently

A school which shut after asbestos was found and a removal worker later died, will close permanently.

A council-commissioned report in 2012 found the asbestos posed a potential health risk at Cwmcarn High School. Its 900 pupils were taught 12 miles (19km) away at Coleg Gwent’s Ebbw Vale campus, prompting parents’ protests.

It re-opened in 2014 but its numbers have halved and governors said circumstances the school has been “unprecedented”. A pre-inquest hearing was told a cut electric cable was found where the worker died in 2013.

In a letter to parents, governors said the school would close in two years. Gary Thomas, chairman of the governors, said: “Faced with the halving of the school roll in the last five years, which continues to fall, combined with the number of learners in the South Islwyn region also falling and set to fall further, this makes the school unsustainable.”

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Woman’s death caused by washing asbestos-covered overalls

A PENSIONER who used to wash her husband’s asbestos-covered overalls died as the result of an industrial disease, an inquest heard.

Margaret Maggs died aged 66 at her home on Knightsbridge, New Waltham.

An inquest at Cleethorpes Town Hall heard how her husband Colin Maggs, who worked as engineer in the trawler industry, would often come home with asbestos dust in his hair and on his overalls.

After suspicions that Mrs Maggs’ death may have been caused as a result of exposure to asbestos, her doctor recommended a file be prepared for the coroner.

In 2007 she had been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma – a form of cancer which can be triggered by exposure to asbestos.

A statement read to the court written by Mrs Maggs’ in 2008, said her husband’s work clothes used to be “filthy” with dust.

“From 1967 to 1970, I was still living at home but seeing Colin nearly every day. He would come for lunch at my parent’s home and he was still in his overalls,” it said.

“He would keep them on, during which time we would spend about an hour together.

“He did not have a washing machine in his bungalow so I took his overalls and some of the other clothes back to my parents’ home to wash them.”

It added: “He only washed his overalls once every couple of weeks and they were absolutely filthy by that stage.

“I remember laying them on the floor and trying to brush them with a yard brush to try and get some of the dirt off before washing them.”

Mrs Maggs also explained how she used to travel in the same car as her husband while he was wearing his overalls.

The couple married in November 1970. Her husband worked as an electrician at Northern Trawlers Ltd at that time.

Prior to this he worked as an engineer at Ross Group, where he carried out repair work on trawlers and was often exposed to asbestos dust.

Coroner Paul Kelly, pictured, said: “At various times between 1961 and 1974, Mrs Maggs was exposed to asbestos while washing Mr Maggs’ work clothes.

“He was an electrician mainly working in the trawler industry and was exposed to asbestos as part of his normal duties.

“This is secondary asbestos exposure but nonetheless it is appropriate to report that Mrs Maggs died of an industrial disease.”

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Source: Grimsby Telegraph

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Asbestos cancer ‘killed fundraiser’after decades of working in power stations

A grandfather who raised thousands of pounds for a West Yorkshire hospice died from an asbestos related cancer decades after working as an electrical engineer in power stations, an inquest heard.

Jon Sharpe raised more than £20,000 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice after setting up dazzling lights displays outside his home in Featherstone every Christmas for more than 20 years.

Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Sharpe was exposed to asbestos while working for the Central Electricity Generating Board during the construction of power stations at Drax and Eggborough in the 1960s.Mr Sharpe made a statement to his solicitor before his death aged 74 in November 2015 at a medical centre in Florida in America where he was on holiday.

The inquest heard Mr Sharpe said he worked on four boilers under construction at Eggborough while up to 100 workers installed insulation lagging containing asbestos.

Wakefield Coroner David Hinchliff said: “He described it as being very dusty and he would get covered in white dust.” Pinderfields Hospital consultant histopathologist Dr Rachel Thomas, who performed the post mortem on Mr Sharpe, said he died of malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.

Mr Hinchliff asked Dr Thomas: “It would appear that during the course of Mr Sharpe’s employment in power stations where there is a lot of asbestos material he will have been exposed to asbestos in that environment.

“I think we can make a connection between exposure to asbestos in the workplace and developing mesothelioma which has caused his death?”

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Source: pontefract & castlefordexpress website.

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Charitable trust and contractor fined for asbestos safety failings

A charitable trust and a contractor it employed has been fined for safety failings after disturbing asbestos and continuing to work in a building.

The Williamson Trust is responsible for the running of a school academy where Mark Tucker was contracted to refurbish a building block.

Chatham Magistrates’ Court heard that in July 2012, knowing the trust had an asbestos register identifying where asbestos was located within the school, work was carried out by Mark Tucker to refurbish a building block without consulting the register.

However, the trust had failed to complete a refurbishment and demolition survey, and had failed to ensure that the contractors had the asbestos information they needed to carry out the work safely.

The Williamson Trust of Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent pleaded guilty to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

Mark Tucker of Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent pleaded guilty to Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £9000 and ordered to pay costs of £8000.

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Source: HSE WEBSITE

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