Ross Hook

Ross Hook began his working life as an apprentice mechanical fitter in the Midland Railway Workshops. In the stripping pits of the workshops he worked in clouds of asbestos dust, released as the asbestos lagging (or insulation) was stripped from around the boilers of the locomotives during their maintenance refits. Here he gives an account of what life in the stripping pits was like.

  • Lagging in the Midland Workshops
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    Ross Hook began his working life as an apprentice maintenance fitter in the Midland Railway Workshops. In the stripping pits of the workshops he worked in clouds of asbestos dust, released as the asbestos lagging was stripped from the locomotives during their maintenance visits. Here he gives a graphic account of what life in the stripping pits was like.
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