Maintenance Workers At Risk Of Asbestos Exposure At Manchester’s Christie Hospital

Expert Asbestos-Related Disease Lawyers Call For Removal Of Potentially Deadly Substance

19.10.2015

A number of maintenance workers at Manchester’s Christie hospital were exposed to airborne asbestos levels above current safety standards.

A new independent report revealed the hospital “may not have” reached the required health and safety standards concerning the protection of workers from asbestos dust and fibres.

The report, conducted by Asbestos Contracting Limited, found asbestos registers at the hospital were inaccurate, out-of-date and rarely used and that procedures in place to manage asbestos risks were not sufficient.

Union Unite indicated 20 employees may have been exposed to the material during their work.

Hospital officials said there is currently no reason to believe anyone was harmed by the management of asbestos at the facility.

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Katrina London, an expert asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said:

Expert Opinion
The safety standards in place to govern the monitoring, management and removal of asbestos are there for a reason and it is vital organisations take their responsibilities for the safety of employees seriously.

“While there currently is no indication these workers have suffered ill-health as a result of their potential exposure, symptoms can take decades to present themselves, so it may be unclear for some time to come.

“We have seen first-hand the impact exposure to asbestos can have on individuals, many of whom were unaware of the risks of the substance at the time they came into contact with it.

“It is vital the Christie hospital acts upon the findings of this report and improves its asbestos-handling procedures and, if possible, makes arrangement for the removal of the material.
Katrina London, Associate