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Widow backs asbestos awareness campaign

3rd November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

The widow of a man who suffered from the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma is backing a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the substance to workers.

Margaret Dyson is putting her name to the appeal from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which aims to make companies more aware of how to protect staff against asbestos, including putting up the correct signs.

The 71-year-old woman's husband, Harold, was exposed to asbestos when working as a joiner in supermarket cold rooms, leading to him contracting mesothelioma and dying last year.

Mrs Dyson said: "My message to people in the building trade is simple; never touch asbestos and make sure that it's removed by the proper people because it's a huge health hazard."

The HSE's Asbestos: The Hidden Killer campaign kicked off on November 2nd and will help to reduce the number of deaths each year in the industry.

New figures have been released by the HSE on asbestos related deaths, stating that 4,000 people every year die from related illnesses, more than those killed in road accidents.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19439454-ADNFCR



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