02 September 2014
Young Girl Rides Bicycle into Fly-Tipped Asbestos in Bromley
Yet another story about dangerous asbestos materials being dumped in a public area but this time, sadly affecting a young girl.
Scott Saunders, an asbestos surveyor from Bromley, reported that his daughter came into contact with the dumped asbestos when she was riding her bike. He has reported the incident to the local Bromley Council stating that she had clipped the asbestos cement sheeting in Addison Road on 5 August 2014, and was shocked that it had been left there and should have been cleared sooner.
He found out that according to other local residents the asbestos waste had been there since the weekend of 2 August with no action by the council. Mr Saunders was informed by the council that its resources were overstretched and a team would dispose of it as soon as possible.
Mr Saunders said, “I reported it to the council but they said ‘it’s going to take a couple of days’. I’m frustrated by it because asbestos is a dangerous material. Obviously it hasn’t been checked fully but I’m a surveyor and it looks like it is to me. It’s dangerous, and apparently it’s been sitting there for days. It shouldn’t be left.”
Executive councillor for the environment Colin Smith said yesterday, “This fly-tip has been inspected, confirmed as being asbestos, passed to our specialist asbestos removal contractor, and will be removed as soon as possible as all such waste is.”
Thankfully the council website has some information about the removal and handling of asbestos. However, any exposure to asbestos can be deadly if not properly handled. An expert and qualified asbestos removal company should be engaged to remove the asbestos materials immediately and dispose of it according to local council requirements.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of the deadly asbestos related lung cancer, Mesothelioma. In England & Wales alone, approximately 2,200 people die from Mesothelioma each year according to statistics from the Health & Safety Executive that were released earlier this year.
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