TENS of thousands of Scottish tenants living in homes owned by one of Europe’s largest social housing landlords are at risk of being exposed to asbestos, it is claimed.
Tenants, politicians and workers have come forward to say poor workmanship could release asbestos into some of the 60,000 homes owned by the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) intended for refurbishment by a number of private contractors.
HSE has opened a three-month consultation on how cost recovery for intervention will operate, having already agreed the underlying principle with government. The new scheme could apply from as early as April 2012 and the deadline for consultation responses is 14 October. Under the proposals, HSE will recover costs at current estimates of £133 per hour. Costs of any specialist support needed by HSE would also be passed on. Invoices will need to be paid in 30 days.
Acting Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering Kevin Wellman warns plumbers and heating engineers to know their responsibilities when it comes to dealing with asbestos.
The latest figures from 2008 show 2249 deaths from mesothelioma, one of the types of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, he said.. In total, asbestos exposure is believed to have caused about 4000 deaths that year and the numbers are predicted to rise until 2016.
Marks and Spencer plc and two of its contractors have been convicted for putting members of the public, staff and construction workers at risk of exposure to asbestos-containing materials during the refurbishment of two stores.
Asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK, with an estimated 4,000 people dying every year.
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