Asbestos concerns have led to work being stopped on the building of the new ALDI food store in Norris Green, Liverpool. Local residents raised their concerns and fears that they could inhale deadly asbestos fibres and the developers on site halted work.
The site is the former Sayers Bakery building site which was razed due to a fierce fire in 2008. A local resident, Mary Wheeler stated “There’s been lots of dust the last few weeks. I panicked because it could have stirred it (the asbestos) up and we could have all been breathing it in. I’m concerned about my grandson because he has asthma.”
However, Liverpool Council was quick to respond to the complaints and a spokesman indicated that due to the complaints they, “… immediately took action because of the possibility of asbestos owing to it former use... Further investigations are being carried out and work will not restart until the Council is satisfied that it can be carried out in a safe manner.”
This was despite the Council indicating to ALDI that it would need to undertake site investigations to ensure the land was safe and submit the necessary appropriate report before commencing work on the site.
Thankfully the local residents were aware of the dangers of asbestos and acted on it quickly. Likewise, the Liverpool Council also acted promptly to the concerns of the local residents and it has on its website details about the safe handling and removal of asbestos. The old Sayers Bakery building site should have undergone an asbestos survey and/or audit to ensure that if any asbestos was identified that it was properly and safely removed.
As a Asbestos Compensation Solicitor specialising in representing people who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with an asbestos disease, I remind the wider community to ensure that you report any potential exposure to the deadly asbestos fibres.
Most local Councils have details of the process to engage with should asbestos be found on public sites or buildings. Further, if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, no matter how little or for how long, it is essential that this potential exposure is recorded should you develop an asbestos related condition in the future. But please bear in mind, that the majority of people who think they have been exposed to asbestos do not develop an asbestos related condition.
In order to facilitate any future asbestos compensation claim, anyone exposed to asbestos materials at work or at home, particularly prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and fibres, should register any asbestos exposure as soon as possible on the Slater and Gordon UK Asbestos Register. Simply complete the form online or for assistance call Dominic Smith on 0161 383 3527 or freephone 0800 916 9046 to register free of charge.
Kevin Johnson is an Asbestos Compensation Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Liverpool.
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