In 2008, property developer Connolly & Callaghan announced that they had plans to convert Frome’s former Weston Vinyls factory into a site for 62 houses and apartments and offices, and at the time they commissioned a design for the Vallis Way site.
Earlier this month, residents in the area were reassured that the demolition of the old Weston Vinyls factory was being undertaken safely. Concerns were raised that the roof of the building was made of asbestos cement sheeting which was being broken up and releasing potentially deadly asbestos dust.
However, Connolly & Callaghan say safety experts who visited the site deemed it safe for the work to continue, “Following the reports from residents and a councillor about the safety of the site I called in a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out an inspection. The whole site was deemed safe and work will continue. We will continue to work within all HSE regulations. I even visited the site myself and I found nothing to concern me. The HSE said they would have closed the site down if there was a problem but as we expected everything is fine.”
Kay Chapman, who lives next to the site had raised concerns about the safety of the demolition. “My husband and I noticed over two weeks ago that the roofs of the existing buildings were being demolished. These were built using asbestos, which is harmless in sheet form, but the construction team used a 360 excavator to smash through the building.”
It should be noted that any exposure to asbestos fibres or dust can increase the chances of developing an asbestos related disease including the fatal asbestos related cancer, Mesothelioma.
Slater and Gordon offer a free consultation for people suffering from work related diseases, and for people who contracted an asbestos related disease through no fault of their own.
In recent years we have seen an alarming increase in the number of Mesothelioma compensation cases involving people that did not work with asbestos materials, but who were exposed to asbestos dust and/or fibres on the work clothes of family members. These Mesothelioma cases include wives who washed the clothes of their husband who were exposed to asbestos at work and therefore on their clothes over many years. In one particularly sad case, a young girl contracted Mesothelioma many years after she had hugged her dad when he came home from work every day, covered in asbestos dust.
Julian Cason is a Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in Industrial Diseases, Asbestos and Mesothelioma compensation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Cardiff and throughout Wales. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.
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