Unite the union has today (Friday 20 July) reacted to an asbestos exposure incident at the Bridge of Don Academy, Aberdeen by highlighting previous health and safety concerns raised by union representatives.
A release of a potentially harmful asbestos material within a corridor at Bridge of Don Academy was discovered on Thursday 12 July 2018 where work to improve security is being carried out during the school holidays.
Asbestos materials were disturbed by building service workers during the removal of a panel. However, it took a few working days for Aberdeen City Council's own risk control team to be made aware of the suspected asbestos exposure situation. The area involved has now eventually been made safe a week after the incident and the materials removed for further examination.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “There is great concern that the workers could be contaminated with a potentially dangerous substance and if the full health and safety procedures relating to suspected asbestos exposure were not followed by management then these workers have left the site and run the risk of contaminating other workers and members of the public.
"Unite representatives have repeatedly made our health and safety concerns known about previous potential asbestos exposure incidents. It beggars belief that we have yet another serious potentially dangerous situation where the management has failed to respond properly in line with health and safety regulations, and their own policies and procedures.
"Unite is demanding that a full and transparent investigation should be carried out by the HSE given the number of serious complaints the union has made over the past year to Aberdeen city council.”
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For more information contact Tommy Campbell on 07810157920.
- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty