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Daughter of former tradesman who worked on film sets appeals for information following his asbestos-related death

The daughter of a tradesman who worked on films and productions at Pinewood Studios is appealing for information following his death from mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Posted on 30 May 2024

Richard Strange, often known as ‘Dick’ for short, worked at the studio from the mid 1960s until 1967, during which time he assisted on films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Funeral in Berlin.

Prior to this, Richard had been working at H E Gaze from 1957 as an apprentice and then as a qualified plasterer until the early 1960s, specialising in fibrous plaster.

Richard was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died shortly afterwards in February 2023, aged 80.

His family believe he may have been exposed to asbestos during his time working at Pinewood Studios, as asbestos was used in the film industry for constructing sets and props during the 1960s.

They also believe he could have been exposed in the years before while working as a plasterer, with asbestos also commonly used in the industry at the time.

Richard's family and the asbestos team at Leigh Day would like to hear from anyone who knew and worked with him or for H E Gaze in the 1950s or 1960s.  

They are also looking for anyone who worked at the Pinewood Studios during the 1960s and 1970s or knew Richard during this time who can offer information to help build a clearer picture of his working life.


Richard Strange
Richard Strange


Richard’s daughter said: 

“Our dad was an honest, hardworking tradesman who truly took pride in his craft.  Work was his life but also, tragically, his death.  Our family is seeking justice for him, and all those whose lives have or will be cut short by mesothelioma.  No one deserves to die from work.”

Richard’s family are represented by Leigh Day partner Daniel Easton on the asbestos team, who said:

“Richard was a much-loved father and grandfather and it is tragic that his family have lost him. We are hoping to help Richard’s family by finding other people who worked at Pinewood Studios from the mid 1960s to 1967 who can provide further information about the ways Richard may have been exposed to asbestos.”  

Anybody who can provide information, please email deaston@leighday.co.uk or call 020 7650 1226. 

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