MOD issues asbestos warning to engineers working on Sea King helicopters

According to press reports this week, the Ministry of Defence has issued a warning to Royal Navy and RAF maintenance personnel who worked on Sea King helicopters that they may have come into contact with asbestos. The warning follows an official report into the death of an Australian serviceman which attributes his death to exposure to asbestos, petrol or other toxins while working on a naval base. Petty Officer Greg Lukes, an avionics technician who maintained Sea Kings in New South Wales, died from cancer in 2014. The press reports that the MoD confirmed it had launched an urgent operation to remove parts containing asbestos from its Sea Kings and military stores. It also warned foreign governments who have bought the helicopters. Sea Kings came into service in the UK in the late 1960s and have been used in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan primarily in search and rescue efforts. Peter Williams said that mesothelioma, the cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, is a…

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