In an article by Andy Shipley written for Scotsman.com, he discusses how no firms are set to be prosecuted for one of the UK’s largest legionaries outbreaks causing outrage throughout family and friends of the victims.
A bereaved partner has been left devastated on being told no firm will be prosecuted over the Capital’s Legionnaires outbreak of 2012.
The deadly disease claimed four lives including labourer Bert Air (bellow) and left 92 ill yet the source remains a mystery despite a seven-year probe.
Mr Air’s partner of 12 years, Catherine McDonald, has been notified that proceedings against two firms scheduled to start this month have been dropped by the Crown.
“People keep saying it’s about the money – it’s not the money. I want an apology,” said a furious Ms McDonald, 61.
“I want somebody to put their hand up and say ‘sorry, it was us, we apologise for what’s happened.’
“To my knowledge, there’s a young lad out there in his 30s who’s still suffering from the actual after effects of legionnaires.
“Give the money to him, he needs it, not us. I’ve lost my partner, I can’t bring him back but he does, he needs a life.”
Mr Air, 56, came home ill from a building site in Gorgie with a suspected chest infection but was rushed to hospital by his frantic partner as fear gripped the city over the outbreak.
Just 12 hours later, he died surrounded by family after suffering a massive heart attack as his body tried to battle the disease.
Mr Air’s surviving two sisters and brother also want answers, while his mum Hannah never recovered from the loss of her “blue-eyed boy” dying six months after him.
The other victims of the outbreak to lose their lives were John Lonnie, Sean Ferguson and Sylvia Riddell – all with links to Dalry, Gorgie and Saughton
The Crown confirmed that proceedings have now been dropped against Ashland Industries UK Limited and MacFarlan Smith Limited.
Proceedings against three other firms, North British Distillery Company Limited, Pera Services Limited and Chemtech Consultancy Limited, ended last year when not guilty pleas were accepted.
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