Carpenter died from rare form of cancer
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.