Monday, February 6, 2012

Government to turn blind eye to asbestos in schools...

Asbestos is a killer and whilst the dangers have been known about for years it was only in 1985 that blue and brown asbestos was finally banned and white asbestos made it through until 1999 before getting the same treatment. Tragically, its prevalence has caused numerous deaths for many years now from, for example, the mesothelioma or asbestosis. Last year the Supreme Court held that Diane Williams had been negligently exposed to asbestos at school which ultimately led to her tragic death from mesothelioma in 2009. In particular the court accepted medical evidence in which it was said that there was no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Yet despite this, The Independent on Sunday has a report that in the forthcoming audit of our 23,000 school buildings around the country, an investigation into the use of asbestos and its risks in these schools is not even going to take place. The implication is that there is a risk that such a survey might give rise to the need to remedy numerous buildings at great cost. Very frightening indeed and it is to be hoped that the government will re-think this important detail.

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