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Andrew Weir Shipping and All Leisure Holidays had arranged for the Hebridean Princess ship to be refurbished in order to reduce the amount of combustible material on it after the latter purchased the vessel in April 2009.
Later in the year, two self-employed labourers were hired to remove the ceiling and wall panels from one of the ship's lounges, but were then instructed to stop due to fears that asbestos may be present.
Subsequent tests revealed that fibres of the lethal material were behind the ceiling panels and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) then established that the companies had not conducted a compulsory asbestos survey conducted before the work started.
Victoria Wise of the HSE said that as a result of this negligence, "the two men inadvertently disturbed the asbestos and spread the fibres".
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