Lethal Work: A History of the Asbestos Tragedy in Scotland

Lethal Work: A History of the Asbestos Tragedy in Scotland

Lethal Work: A History of the Asbestos Tragedy in Scotland

Lethal Work: A History of the Asbestos Tragedy in Scotland

Synopsis

Asbestos-related diseases now account for some 400 deaths every year in Scotland, with many more being severely disabled. Due to the long latency period of this disease, and according to one cumulative estimate, something in the region of 25,000 Scots will have died through exposure to asbestos by 2025. This book is a history of the unfolding asbestos tragedy in Scotland containing numerous interviews with those who have been exposed to this deadly substance.

Excerpt

Hello Jack! Want a lift up Kilbowie Hill?

Aye thanks, a'hm going up to the doctor's
I've a bit of a chill
or something.

Hello Jack! Going up the hill?
Aye thanks, a'hm going back to the doctor's
This is more than a chill,
'am ill.

Hello Jack! Found out yet what's making you ill?
Aye, it's that bloody asbestos, the merchants of death
knew it could kill,
and said nothing.

Today Jack got a lift o'er Kilbowie Hill,
no hacking cough, no breathless pause,
cause Jack isn't ill
anymore.

A parting hymn, a pious prayer.

We said farewell to Jack until
the curtains drew quietly to a close,
and everything was still,
except a sob,
from Jill.

James Murdoch (2000)

Asbestos destroys people's lives. Incredibly, asbestos-related diseases now account for some 400 deaths every year in Scotland, with many more being severely disabled. This number is still increasing, due to the long latency period of this disease, and according to one cumulative estimate something in the region of 20,000 Scots will have . . .

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