Car­pen­ter died from rare form of can­cer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­david­sey­mour

in­quest: Jo and John Mont­gomery at their wed­ding at Thorpe Hall Hospice in 2009.

A CAR­PEN­TER and joiner died from a rare form of can­cer which has been linked with wood dust, an in­quest has been told.

John Mont­gomery, from Col­ly­we­ston, near Stam­ford, died at the age of 37 on Au­gust 4, 2009, as a re­sult of a sinonasal car­ci­noma tu­mour.

An in­quest into his death held yes­ter­day heard it is a can­cer di­ag­nosed in about one in a mil­lion peo­ple a year but among one in 2,000 peo­ple who work with wood.

Mr Mont­gomery, who was fea­tured in the Evening Tele­graph af­ter he and his long-term part­ner mar­ried the day be­fore he died, be­gan work­ing in the in­dus­try at the age of 16.

The court was told Mr Mont­gomery had been taken on as an ap­pren­tice by Martin Thompson, from Ram­sey Mere­side, who ini­tially ran a busi­ness out of his shed at his home, be­fore mov­ing to larger premises in the same vil­lage.

Mr Mont­gomery’s widow, Jo (55), now of Church­field Road, Wal­ton, Peter­bor­ough, told the in­quest that he would fre­quently come home “ab­so­lutely cov­ered in dust” dur­ing his time work­ing with Mr Thompson.

Mr Thompson dis­puted the level at which Mr Mont­gomery was ex­posed to wood dust dur­ing his time in his em­ploy­ment, which be­gan in 1986 and con­tin­ued un­til 2001, with a small gap to­wards the late 1990s.

He said Mr Mont­gomery did not al­ways work in the work­shop, where wood dust could be ex­pected and he would wear a mask if he was likely to be pre­par­ing wood for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time.

Mr Thompson said: “If you work in a work­shop you are bound to get a small amount of dust on you.

“I would not say cov­ered in dust ev­ery­day.”

The in­quest also heard from Mal­colm Brand­wood, from QKS, Stam­ford who em­ployed Mr Mont­gomery to fit kitchens but he said ex­po­sure to wood dust in that job was “min­i­mal”.

The link be­tween wood dust and sinonasal car­ci­noma was also de­bated dur­ing the in­quest.

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