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5 Aug 14 An inquest into the death of the founder of Gloucester-based contractor Markey Construction has ruled that asbestos was to blame.

Hugh Brendan Markey died in hospital on 12th November 2014, aged 78. An inquest last week determined that he died as a result of exposure to asbestos early in his building career, reports Stroud News & Journal.

Mr Markey began as a self-employed builder in 1963 and built up a business that today, under the management of his sons Paul and Tony, has more than 200 employees.

The inquest heard that Mr Markey had seen a specialist surgeon in 2010 with breathing difficulties. He later suffered a stroke.

County coroner Katy Skerrett said: “It is more likely than not that asbestos exposure was the significant factor causing him to pass.”

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