Sunderland electrician launches investigation into asbestos exposure

A Sunderland man has launched a legal battle to find out how he was exposed to asbestos following his diagnosis for asbestos-related illness mesothelioma.

Retired electrician, John Teasdale, was diagnosed with mesothelioma after suffering from back pain and breathlessness. Doctors advised Mr Teasdale that he was most likely exposed to asbestos during his career and he has now launched an investigation to find out where and when he was exposed.

He told I spent a lot of my professional career putting cabling in service ducts and ceiling spaces where the pipework or boilers were lagged with asbestos which I had no choice but to breathe in on a daily basis as I had no protective clothing.

“It was a big shock to me when I was diagnosed with mesothelioma and it has left myself and my family devastated as to what the future holds for me.

“As a tradesman, I was never warned about asbestos and the potential health risk it causes, so it never crossed my mind that it would be a problem all these years later.

“I was looking forward to a long and happy retirement after working hard all of my life.”

Mr Teasdale is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

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