It killed his grandfather. Now Thomas and his generation are at risk

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It killed his grandfather. Now Thomas and his generation are at risk

Natalie O’Brien

April 8, 2012

.Mr Reg Day,from Seven Hills,is dying of a disease caused by asbestos...when he worked for James Hardie.

Never met his grandson … Reg Day. Photo: Quentin Jones

 

IT WAS the middle of night and Eileen Day woke to strange noises. Creeping out of bed, one night last year, she discovered neighbours secretly removing their old asbestos roof under the cover of darkness.

”Fibres were going everywhere as they broke it up and dumped it in skip bins,” she said. ”They didn’t tell anyone or get permission. They have put the lives of their children at risk and also my grandchildren,” she told The Sun-Herald.

Mrs Day knows too well the effects of asbestos. Her husband, Reg, died of the asbestos-related lung disease mesothelioma 10 years ago. He had suspected he breathed in the microscopic fibres when he was a teenager, 40 years previously, while helping his father build chicken sheds with asbestos sheeting.

Mrs Day now worries for future generations. She has grandchildren to think of, including five-month-old Thomas.

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