Set Builder’s Mesothelioma Death Blamed on BBC Corporation

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has found itself the subject of multiple mesothelioma lawsuits in recent months, with the latest being filed by the family of renowned set builder Richard Evans. Evans, whose work included the popular shows Doctor Who, The Lotus Eaters, and Hard Times, died of the rare asbestos-related disease in 2019.

Lack of Warnings About Asbestos Led to Multiple Illnesses and Deaths

According to the lawsuit filed by the mesothelioma victim’s family, during the 23 years that he constructed, painted, and later broke down production sets Mr. Evans inhaled asbestos dust from Artex, a material contaminated with asbestos. In a deposition provided before his death, he described cutting open bags of Artex, scooping it into a bucket and mixing it into a paste that would later be painted. “When I was mixing the Artex and water and creating the paste, dust could clearly be seen all around me and could actually be seen on my bare skin, hands and my forearms and on my overalls,” he said. He said dust would also be raised when the materials were destroyed after filming was completed, but that he was never warned of its dangers. “While working for the BBC I was not warned of the dangers of asbestos, nor was I provided with protective respiratory equipment.”

The Evans’ mesothelioma lawsuit is just one of several that have been filed against the BBC in the last year. The company was also named as a defendant in a case filed by Patricia Larkin over the death of her husband Christopher, a horn player in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the family of another orchestra member. In each case the broadcasting corporation has acknowledged having exposed the men to asbestos.

Families Devastated by Mesothelioma Deaths

Speaking of the loss of her father to mesothelioma, the set-maker’s daughter said, “No one ever thinks that their parent won’t be around one day. But it is so much harder to accept when his cancer could have been avoided if he had not worked with asbestos.” The family’s attorneys echoed her word, saying, “It is appalling that at no time did anyone in the BBC either warn Mr. Evans about the dangers of working with Artex, even though the dangers of asbestos became well-known during the time he worked for the corporation, or issue him with protective equipment, which may have reduced his risk.”

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, the Patient Advocates at can help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today at 1-800-692-8608.

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the head writer of our news blog. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge is power and she is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and victims’ stories.

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