School Duty Holder “Forgot About Asbestos”
Asbestos has been discovered at The Bridge of Don Academy in Aberdeen. According to the Press and Journal article contractors had been removing asbestos panels with no breathing apparatus. Around 25 staff members were put at risk. This included Teachers, janitors and cleaning staff.
A council investigation report reveals that there was no alarm raised because a line manager “forgot” for five days. The asbestos was left outside in a skip.
Hammer & Chisel
It emerged that a contractor was using his hammer and a chisel to remove panels above the fire doors. This panelling would break up into sections during removal possibly releasing asbestos fibres into the air. After realising that it was likely to be asbestos, the contractors double bagged it and left it beside the skip.
Emergency Response Five Days Later
During the emergency response samples confirmed that there was brown asbestos present in the panels. A full deep clean was carried out. 25 staff members were identified as being on site during the time frame in question.
During the project the planning was very poor and there was no urgency to addressing the asbestos contamination. A Unite union spokesman described the incident as a “catastrophic failure”. A lot of people were unnecessarily put at risk.
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