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Asbestos Halts Construction at Mint Cake Works in Kendal

Asbestos was discovered by health and safety inspectors at the former mint cake works on Cross Lane in Kendal, bringing redevelopment plans to a halt.

The Kendal mint cake factory has been vacant since 2013, with the site more recently intended for redevelopment as two-bed cottages alongside a residential estate. However, following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a prohibition notice has been issued following the discovery of asbestos debris on the site.

From the date of the notice, BAK Plumbing and Heating Engineers Ltd have 21 days to appeal. Without an appeal the firm must obtain a licence in order for contractors to remove the asbestos before any construction can continue.

The reason for this is that the potential exposure to asbestos is a serious health risk to construction workers involved in the site’s redevelopment, as well as the public in the nearby homes in Kendal.

Earlier in 2016 I raised the subject of the cost of asbestos removal by specialists and how Hill West Primary School in Birmingham is one of many UK schools hit with a large bill to remove dangerous asbestos from school grounds.

In February residents in Witchford, East Cambridgeshire were rightly “livid” when materials suspected to contain asbestos were burned near their homes. The handling, removal and disposal of asbestos should only be carried out by professionals.

We see that yet again, building works are carried out without the correct consultation process, not only with and by the contractors, but also with the community. Had the proper investigations taken place, then there would have been no reason to halt plans as the builders would have identified the potential asbestos risks and then be able to engage with the contractors and the wider community. Unfortunately now, the public are open to the risk of potential exposure to asbestos.

Register Your Exposure to Asbestos Today

If anyone believes they have been exposed to asbestos they should register this exposure as soon as possible.

Dominic Smith is national operations co-ordinator at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.

The Slater and Gordon chest and asbestos disease team have worked with many sufferers and families affected by mesothelioma. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.

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