Back to Blog

Football Manager Stuart Pearce Fears Cancer after Exposure to Asbestos

By Principal Lawyer, Abuse and Disease Teams

Former Nottingham Forest and England Under-21’s manager Stuart Pearce fears he may get lung cancer from being exposed to asbestos materials.

Before becoming a professional footballer famed for his passionate performances in an England shirt, Stuart Pearce worked as an apprentice electrician. In the four years he spent re-wiring homes, schools and factories he was never warned about the risks of exposure to asbestos, which can cause diseases such lung cancer, pleural thickening, asbestosis and fatal mesothelioma.

Stuart Pearce is spreading awareness about asbestos by backing the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) campaign Every Job Beware Asbestos in the hope that tradespeople become aware of the dangers and how to deal with asbestos safely.

Stuart Pearce said that, “every tradesperson that falls victim to asbestos-related diseases is one too many, especially if it’s the result of ignorance.”

An estimated 1.3 million tradespeople in the UK are still at risk of exposure to asbestos dust which can be found in walls, ceilings and floor tiles of many buildings that pre-date 2000.

I was born and bred in Nottingham and spent my childhood watching Stuart Pearce play for Nottingham Forest. I think it’s fantastic that he is using his profile to highlight the issue of how thousands of working people have been exposed to highly dangerous asbestos at work and how it is still present in so many of our buildings including schools and hospitals. I see first-hand the damage that asbestos does every day through the clients I represent. There is a need for better protection for workers even now.

Kim Harrison is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in asbestos disease claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

If you or a member of your family has suffered an asbestos related disease or cancer call our No Win No Fee Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will call you.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer support for people exposed to asbestos and can provide immediate legal representation anywhere in the UK from our offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Merseyside, Bristol, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield, Derby, Cambridge or our meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire & in Hull, Yorkshire.