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Asbestos film shows dangers lurk in family home

Christmas holiday DIY renovators are being urged to watch a new Queensland Government film that shows that disturbing asbestos during home renovations can put your family at risk.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Head Dr Simon Blackwood said the film Losing breath: The Adam Sager story was a timely message for anyone planning home renovations during the holidays to check for asbestos before starting the project.

“This film is a shocking reminder that householders can unknowingly put their children's lives at risk by disturbing dangerous asbestos materials," Dr Blackwood said.

Losing breath: The Adam Sager story tells of the sad events that led to the 25-year-old’s death, but could well save lives.

“It describes how 18-month-old Adam played on the floor while his parents sanded back the walls of their new home. They had no idea that the walls contained asbestos.

“Adam was not diagnosed with mesothelioma until he was 24 years old and died a year later.”

Dr Blackwood said the film, launched today at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens where Adam found solace during his battle with the disease, was a timely reminder for anyone planning home renovations over the holiday period.

“This tragedy could have happened to anyone, and it is a warning to home renovators in particular who like to use holiday time to get on with the smaller household jobs,” Dr Blackwood said.

“Householders need to understand the risks and sometimes they will need professional help when working with asbestos or near it.

“That's why this film and other online resources can be lifesavers for home renovators.”

To view the film, and for more information about safe handling of asbestos-containing materials visit www.qld.gov.au/asbestos or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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12 December 2013
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