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It has been reported that Stuart Pearce has stated that he may have breathed in deadly asbestos dust, when he worked part time as an electrician during his early football days.
Stuart Pearce worked for several years in the trade in the early 1980’s, and has stated that he may well go onto develop a deadly asbestos related disease in the future. He has reportedly backed an asbestos safety campaign by the health and safety executive (HSE), which urges tradesmen and tradeswomen to be aware of the dangers of asbestos dust.
Asbestos was often used for insulation and can be found in many places, including ceilings, walls, roofing and floor tiles. When materials which contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres can be released into the air. If the fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases. These diseases can take many years or decades to develop. A disease such as mesothelioma however, which is a cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, is usually fatal by the time it is diagnosed. Other asbestos conditions include asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “This is a good example of how ordinary people may have been exposed to asbestos, without fully realising the dangers of the exposure. Even today, asbestos is still present within the fabric of many older buildings. If it is disturbed, then extra care must be taken not to inhale the fibres, which could cause deadly diseases many decades later. Anyone who wishes to disturb an older building containing asbestos should seek specialist advice before doing so”.
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