IOSH No Time to Lose asbestos real-life stories: Keith Hughes

my job autobiography begins with construction and back in the late seventies where I did some laboring handiwork yeah principally with renovations some increases swishing most on private building I did that for several years and then I drilled from a carpenter so I then progressed on to roofing jobs I think that I was probably exposed to asbestos especially in a number of different or on a number of different sites certainly from stripping out aged buildings like a great deal of people I was actually short of breath good long floor short I went to the doctor heard the practice nurse they announced in another doctor and they said go straight down for an x-ray which I did as soon as I got home research hospitals was on the phone saying you have to go straight to a knee I necessitate straight-from-the-shoulder to a knee that same day and they kept you know overnight I ascertained five different doctors and in 2016 I croaked for room keyhole surgery at Heartland hospital and that send off the path lab and finally it was confirmed in September of 2016 that I have a thyroid mesothelioma the prognosis was nine months possibly 12 months with standard chemotherapy medications my media family is is my daughter and she was with me when they gave me the diagnosis and I ponder she was more in surprise than I was because I researched a brand-new little bit about mesothelioma so I was expecting to be told that my bride-to-be who happens to be a wet-nurse and she was very good at supporting me and without trying to worry me I saw this a surgeon firstly having had the prognosis and he discussed the Mars to trial with me which is a randomized trouble whatever it is you either have chemotherapy or surgery but personal computers decides which roadway you go down and outstandingly he did actually render me surgery outside of the ordeal and I thought about that and other had more or less made up my memory there and then and I decided to go with surgery initially and I’m now earmarked for a number of other troubles and undoubtedly brand-new tribulations are being developed all the time I’ve outlived the original prognosis which is a good thing because I have to have searches every three months and it’s what they call watch and went well the wait is over now because we now know that the mr.Yan was growing the game so the future is still very uncertain I’m angry that I’ve got this because little conflict was not really made clear PPE didn’t really exist or REM you know dealing with the professional it wasn’t taken seriously in the early years in the 70 s and 80 s asbestos exposure is it’s not an isolated question and it’s not somebody else’s difficulty it’s something that we all have to be aware of and that we all have to deal with the responsibility on the shoulders of boss is significant I would ask the question what are you doing to help protect your employees and the staff members of the future you.

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