ASBESTOS victims’ support groups united yesterday to remember the workers who have died from lung cancer after breathing in the deadly substance.
Merseyside and Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Groups held their annual Action Mesothelioma Day at Liverpool Town Hall — where pupils of New Brighton Primary School released doves in a symbolic tribute to “tomorrow’s workers.”
The organisations called for more stringent asbestos checks and safety enforcement, as it kills more than 100,000 workers around the world every year.
“Asbestos is the biggest industrial killer of all time,” Dr Helen Clayson of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare said.
Lung-cancer sufferer Bill Willmit, 66, from Liverpool, said the government should make sure “today’s workers are not exposed to asbestos like [he] was.”
John Flanagan, of the Merseyside branch, said that safe working “should be afforded to all,” and not just those in Westminster and Buckingham Palace — where care has been recently taken to remove asbestos.