A former tradesman from the UK has expressed concern that not enough people are aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure. The sixty five year old man, Tom King, was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, two years ago. However, although he is still alive he is unable to perform many day to day tasks because of his illness.

Mr King said that he had developed the disease following asbestos exposure when he started at a UK firm as a fifteen year old trainee, where his duties included removing and cutting asbestos boarding. He said that he was shocked when he started to develop symptoms decades later.

King stated: “When the doctor said I had mesothelioma, I said ‘what’s that?’. Until recently, not many people had heard of it. Now I can’t even get on the floor to play with my grandchildren. I used to play the odd round of golf but I can’t swing any more.”

He added: “I don’t think people are aware of the risks from asbestos. It’s still in a lot of old buildings and not just in fire-proofing but decorative ceilings and so many other things that people don’t realise. What makes me angry is that you can’t sue the companies that manufactured it.”

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