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Workers operating for building contractor J C Irvine came into contact with potentially-lethal fibres of the material between April 27th 2010 and May 12th of the same year while carrying out a refurbishment project on the former Ace Electrics building in The Strand.
An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that this work had been conducted without the company first completing the necessary asbestos survey.
Consequently, its workers were exposed to the substance constantly throughout the duration of this period, meaning they may have contracted diseases such as mesothelioma.
Hayley Healey of the HSE commented: "Construction and maintenance workers are in the most at-risk groups from asbestos-related diseases due to the nature of their work."
Recently, it emerged that workers at Variable Message Signs in South Tyneside could be eligible for damages payments after coming into regular contact with dangerous vapours while using rosin-based solder flux.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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