Police settle 1984 bombing first responder asbestos lawsuit

6 Oct 2017 by under News

800px Grand Hotel Following Bomb Attack 1984 10 12 100x100 Police settle 1984 bombing first responder asbestos lawsuit The 1984 bombing of the Grand Brighton Hotel  aimed to harm Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet during a Conservative Party conference. Though Thatcher was unharmed, five were killed and more than 30 others were injured — and some say the death toll has risen.

A BBC article released at the end of last month explains Sussex and London police forces have settled with the family of forensic officer Jonathan Woods, who was one of the first on the scene in 1984 and spent days sorting through rubble looking for evidence, over claims the asbestos-tainted bombing debris caused his . Lawyers for Woods painted him as the “sixth victim” of the bombing, according to the news source.

Asbestos was once used in a variety of construction materials, including insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, and pipe wrapping, due to its heat resistance. It is now known to cause cancers, including lung cancer and , which though it can take decades to develop, affects the lining of internal organs and usually proves deadly within a year of diagnosis. Asbestos fibers are not considered a direct threat to human health if materials containing it are left undisturbed so fibers are not released into the air. Once released into the air, as is the case when a bomb is detonated in an asbestos-containing building, the fibers can be inhaled or ingested and potentially become lodged in internal tissue. The fibers then cause inflammation that can eventually lead to cellular changes and cause cancer.

The settlement amount, split between the Sussex and London police forces, has not been disclosed. Sussex police have sent out an alert after Woods’ death to those who went to the bombing site saying they could have potentially been exposed to asbestos. Of the 154 people contacted, no other legal claims have been filed.

 

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