Warwick University Building Site Evacuated ‘Following Asbestos Concerns’

Concerns Raised Regarding Presence Of Material In Halls Of Residence

09.07.2014

Halls of residence on the site of Warwick University have been evacuated following concerns regarding the presence of asbestos in the building, according to reports.

The Coventry Telegraph reports that the site operated by Deeley Construction was closed and the Health and Safety Executive had been informed after fibres of the deadly material were released into the air during work.

A spokesman for Deeley Construction told the newspaper that testing was now being carried out at the site and outlined that a removal firm had been hired to move furniture which was subsequently found to be fixed to walls containing asbestos.

He added that the firm was working with the university to “remedy the situation”.

Expert Opinion
Very little remains known regarding what happened at the university, so it is vital that the Health and Safety Executive, the university and the construction firm involved work quickly to gain a better understanding of this issue.

"Through our work, we have seen numerous examples when people have gone on to develop the fatal cancer mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, as well as the impact that problems of this nature can have on families and loved ones.

"The seriousness of asbestos exposure should never be underestimated and it is vital that every precaution is taken in this case to ensure steps are taken to prevent people from coming into contact with the material."
Satinder Bains, Partner