The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the possibility that workers and visitors have been exposed to asbestos at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
Project Manager Les Small reported damaged material around pipes in the hospital that he believed to be asbestos. A month later when no action had been taken, he raised the issue again and was dismissed.
A tribunal found Mr Small had been unfairly dismissed. Mr Small commented, "It has exonerated me from the point of view of yes that is suspected asbestos, but the disappointment from my point of view is that it has taken three years."
The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is also investigating allegations that potential exposure to asbestos was not properly reported and that contractors were permitted to enter an area following the possible disturbance of asbestos-contaminated materials.
Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said policies were in place but "not always being followed" and that “a number of disciplinary hearings took place as a result of the investigation.” Ms Clarke added that measures would be taken towards “a much more robust approach to asbestos management across the trust, including a revised policy (...) making individual responsibilities much clearer.”
Exposure to asbestos is dangerous. Its carcinogenic properties can cause lung cancer, such as Mesothelioma.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of mesothelial tissue, which covers the lungs. This type of cancer typically develops in the lungs or abdomen, and is mostly associated with exposure to asbestos. Read more on the causes of mesothelioma.
See our recent blog on the dangers asbestos poses to our UK emergency services here.
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