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Importance of electrician training courses highlighted by worker's death

Electrician training courses, while also providing necessary skills and approved qualifications, could also teach tradespersons how to properly protect their health after it was suggested that a former electrical worker died due to asbestos exposure.

According to the Herald Express, Roy Holt died aged 72 in July after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma the month before.

The Nottinghamshire-born man used to work for the Central Electricity Generating Board, where he would fire samples of metals packed in asbestos cords into furnaces to analyse materials' resistance, the publication stated.

Former colleague Tom Rowberry told the inquest: "We were eating the stuff. There were no masks or protective suits. We handled asbestos by hand. We were covered in it."

Although utilities and construction industries now recognise the health risk associated with asbestos exposure, workers might benefit from training courses, which could offer invaluable advice on how best to protect themselves from the dangerous material.

The Health and Safety Executive warns that asbestos can be found in lagging, insulation boards, sprayed coatings on walls or ceilings and floor tiles.

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