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An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has established that a project to remove Asbestos insulation boards at Sherborne School, Dorset, in July 2009 was not conducted safely.
Despite the fact a sample taken from the building a year earlier revealed the presence of Asbestos, both the school and Peter Eldridge, the Director of the company overseeing the refurbishment; failed to properly deal with the Asbestos hazard.
Several building contractors and a work experience student were exposed to Asbestos fibres during the building project.
Joanna Teasdale, inspector at the HSE said, "In being exposed to Asbestos fibres they could develop a serious and potentially fatal Asbestos related disease." Multiple Asbestos compensation claims are now expected to proceed in order to reserve the opportunity to get compensation if Asbestos related illnesses develop later in life.
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