Asbestos found in a Scottish school highlights hidden hazard
A school in West Dunbartonshire Scotland was found to have an asbestos lined foundation. Sitting under a thick slab of concrete, construction workers found the cancer-causing substance which had been brought in to build St Kessog’s Primary School decades ago. It's been reported that the safe disposal of the asbestos will cost £1 million to deal with.
Referring to studies being done to find locations where asbestos was used, a Dunbarton Council spokesperson said:
“We are again finding asbestos we didn’t know about. That rings alarm bells for me. I’d like to know the costs of the studies we are doing at the moment and if they are extensive enough because it appears to me they are not."
He revealed that:
"The school was built in 1962 and the asbestos was deliberately brought in as part of rubble to be put in as foundations.”
According to some studies asbestos is thought to be in virtually every school constructed between 1950 and 2000 and in a variety of other buildings. It was used to lag steam pipework, as partitioning in classrooms or prefabricated classrooms, in ceiling tiles and outside corrugated roofing. Asbestos in schools is known to have caused mesothelioma in past pupils and teachers. Fieldfisher have acted for and are acting for a number of clients who were exposed to asbestos in schools. Peter Williams is acting for the Widower of a teacher exposed to asbestos in the 1980s whilst electricians worked in ceiling voids disturbing asbestos material which fell through open hatches into classrooms and common areas.
"Schools and local authorities are having to deal with the legacy of deteriorating asbestos materials in schools especially those built in the 1950s and 1960s. Identification, safe encapsulation and where necessary safe removal of asbestos is vital to make sure that generations to come are not put in danger".
By Peter Williams, Partner
Peter Williams has more than 20 years' experience acting for victims of illnesses and accidents. His claims cover many areas, including: mesothelioma and asbestos claims, personal injury claims, work accident claims and road traffic accident claims
Peter regularly settle mesothelioma claims within 3 months of being instructed. Chambers UK 2013 recognises his "experience, knowledge and efficiency".
Peter is a member of both the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. He is also involved with Roadpeace and the Barking and Dagenham Victims of Asbestos Group.
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