Football legend Stuart Pearce admits to asbestos exposure fears

Many of those organisations and individuals contemplating asbestos surveys in Birmingham, Yorkshire, Newcastle or elsewhere in the country will be interested to read of the launch of a new asbestos safety campaign by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Adding particular intrigue to the campaign is the backing of former Nottingham Forest footballer and manager and all-round football hero Stuart Pearce, who has revealed that he may have breathed in the deadly substance during his four years as a part-time electrician in the early 1980s.

The one-time Newcastle United man worked in the trade during his early days as a footballer, and said that there was a genuine future possibility of him developing a fatal asbestos-related disease. He urged tradesmen and women to educate themselves on the lethal fibre and adopt suitable protective measures.

The 52-year old commented: “It’s chilling to think I could have been exposed to it without knowing – we were simply ignorant about the risks back then. Today there’s no excuse – most people know how dangerous asbestos is but many think it’s a thing of the past. It’s not, it’s still there.”

The great football hero, who started his career with Wealdstone and also played for Coventry City, West Ham United and Manchester City, pointed out that the substance remained present in the walls, ceilings, floor tiles and guttering of many buildings built prior to 2000.

He pearce added that it “really could mean the difference between life and death” for people to make themselves aware of where asbestos can be found and how to safely deal with it, even on such basic jobs as drilling holes, sanding and cracking roofs.

He concluded that “It can be so easy to breathe in this deadly dust and it may be years until you realise you’ve been affected.”

Much of the fibre that was formerly used for the insulation of buildings has not been removed, raising the risk that in the event of its disturbance, it could be inhaled and cause serious – often deadly – lung disease due to asbestos exposure fear dangerously.

The HSE has said that the 5,000 deaths per year that can be attributed to asbestos is higher than the number of people killed on the roads. That is another indication of just how crucial it is for organisations to be suitably proactive by organising the right Asbestos Surveys Birmingham, Teesside, Sunderland or wherever in the UK they are based.