Ex-joiner seeks asbestos details as he fights cancer

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A retired Coldstream carpenter is urging ex-colleagues to share details of their working conditions after being diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer.

Andrew Scott, now of north Northumberland, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2013 after tests to find out why he was feeling constantly breathless.

The 85-year-old says he regularly came into contact with asbestos in the 1940’s and 1950’s when he worked for carpenter and joinery firm J & A Gray in Coldstream.

He has now taken legal advice and is appealing for his ex-work mates to come forward with any further information about his working conditions, and whether anything more could have been done to protect him from the deadly dust.

Andrew began his joinery apprenticeship in 1942 aged 14. He worked at the firm for five years and his job entailed cutting and fitting corrugated roofing sheets onto the roofs of new buildings. He particularly remembers working on a new dairy in Coldstream where he had to cut asbestos sheets to size.