Expert Lawyers ‘Deeply Concerned’ By Revelations Call For Lessons To Be Learned
Specialist asbestos lawyers have revealed their concerns regarding reports that brick-sized lumps of asbestos had been found on the world famous Stonehenge site.
Reports have revealed contaminated topsoil was used to grass over part of a road next to the World Heritage site in Wiltshire, which attracts over 1.3 million people each year.
The asbestos was found just yards from the stone circle by contractors who were working on the new £20millionStonehenge visitor centre in August last year.
English Heritage, who are responsible for maintaining Stonehenge along with 400 other historic places, say they have launched an investigation and have already stated that the traces of asbestos detected were not a public safety issues.
Irwin Mitchell specialises in supporting people who have been impacted by asbestos and represents a number of clients who have had their lives changed forever after they inhaled the extremely hazardous materials.
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Nicola Maier, Associate Solicitor and head of the specialist asbestos-related disease team at Irwin Mitchell's Southampton office, said:
“It is deeply concerning to see these reports of potentially hazardous waste being dumped at Stonehenge and it is welcome to see an investigation has been launched.
“The dangers of the material cannot be downplayed, as prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres can trigger serious and fatal illnesses including malignant lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma which are responsible for over 2,500 deaths in the UK every year.
“There is clear guidance in place in relation to the handling, management and disposal of asbestos materials and this case is another reminder of the importance of ensuring that every care is taken as far as the material is concerned.
“Where possible, it is vital steps are taken to ensure lessons can be learned and these issues are not repeated in the future.”
Nicola Maier - Partner