Builder to pursue asbestos damages

An Isle of Man builder is launching a claim for compensation after being diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.

Eddie Bedford has terminal mesothelioma and has been given just two years to live by doctors at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool, Isle of Man Today reports.

The 63-year-old believes his illness is linked to the time he spent working as a bricklayer at the Summerland leisure complex 40 years ago.

Situated on the Douglas seafront, the original £2 million development was destroyed in a fire that killed more than 50 people in August 1973.

"Looking back at my career, the only time I had contact with asbestos was when I was at Summerland in 1970," he told the newspaper.

Asbestos was discovered in the buildings in 1997, but Mr Bedford said he can recall watching specialists with protective equipment spraying the substance on to steel columns at the site.

The tragedy at the Summerland site, which is now set to be redeveloped, prompted a major change in fire regulations on the Isle of Man and in the UK.

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08/03/2011 16:09