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Leyland Historical Society.
20-Feb-2018, 05:18 PM
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RE: Leyland Historical Society.
Your reminiscences about the pollution at BTR make me very glad I decided to go into the airplane industry. The only place I worked that had any pollution was the manufacturing area at EE/BAC Strand Road and it was nothing like what you guys describe. I did 4 months there on the TSR-2 line. All my other work was at the Warton facility, on the north bank of the Ribble estuary, plus a spell at A&AEE - Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. The only pollution I came across was jet engine exhaust and the "sea breezes" (aka gale-force winds) took care of that.


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20-Feb-2018, 06:39 PM
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You were lucky Frank to get out from Leyland industry when you did, very wise move...

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20-Feb-2018, 08:35 PM
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Yes the rubber industry wasn't a very healthy employment way back. When I first started many of the older workers had regular urine checks for bladder cancer. Chemicals such as PAN phenyl alpha naphtylamine a proven nasty that had been used and found to be carcinogenic were banned after extensive use as an antioxidant ( preventing degradation). In my first years in the industry we had to have regular chest x-rays with the mobile unit that used to visit.
I used to visit customers and one, Rolls Royce and Bentley based in Crewe it was like walking into another world. Spotless clean assembly lines, gleaming under bonnets. A world away from the industry I worked in. But I really enjoyed it.
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21-Feb-2018, 01:34 PM
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It shows Noel how much we did not know about the chemicals used in those days and the effects on the health of those employed in those industries...

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22-Feb-2018, 10:45 PM
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it does Dave. Not only the chemicals but the noise and equipment safety guards. My father in law who worked in the industry from 1925 to 1973 before being made redundant . One of the belt press operators leaving his arm in the 30ft long press as it shut on the belt..operatives had to make sure the belt was correctly located in the edge irons that formed the pressure bfore the press fully closed. Lost his arm and ran down the shop screaming before collapsing. He survived and in my time was a security guard on the main Golden Hill entry. Icould go on but so many gruesome things he told me about.
Myself i suffer from tinnitus due to not having ear protectors as do many of my ex colleagues. A small price compared..
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