Health fears over asbestos clearance

PUBLISHED: 12:31 18 August 2006 | UPDATED: 22:07 28 May 2010

Demolition work in progress at the West End site

Demolition work in progress at the West End site

CONTRACTORS have been accused of not considering health and safety issues after a farm in West End, March, which contained asbestos roofs, was demolished. Workmen moved in to smash down the derelict pig farm, accessed from Elliott Road. But, according to

CONTRACTORS have been accused of not considering health and safety issues after a farm in West End, March, which contained asbestos roofs, was demolished.

Workmen moved in to smash down the derelict pig farm, accessed from Elliott Road.

But, according to a neighbour, they failed to take account of the health and safety of nearby residents.

The neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "These people are all going round there masked up but nobody in the area knows what is going on.

"They are probably glad because children have been going in there setting fire to some of the buildings."

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspected the site on Tuesday and assured the complainant there was "only a minimal risk".

An HSE spokesman said: "An inspector from the HSE visited the site and gave guidance on correct demolition procedures." The HSE said the demolition company had not carried out the correct pre-demolition survey to ascertain if there was asbestos on the site.

"The asbestos present was asbestos cement, which is termed low-risk," he said.

"Asbestos cement contains less than five per cent asbestos and the asbestos fibres tend to stay in the cement and do not easily become airborne.

"Most asbestos requires a licence to remove it but asbestos cement does not.

The demolition company declined to comment.

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