Aberdeen Council criticised following asbestos safety failings

Health and safety investigators reveal Aberdeen City Council potentially exposed high-rise workers to asbestos.

Unions contacted the Health and Safety Executive following an incident at Seaton’s Beachview court, the Press & Journal has reported.

In a letter from the HSE to the council, they said that inspectors had found that despite being warned that a damaged door contained asbestos two years ago, the authority had not replaced it.

They also found that the contractor carrying out work had not been given an asbestos survey and was only told of the toxic substance in informal, undocumented meetings on the site.

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Inspectors also said that when an electrician went into the high rise there was no check of the asbestos register and he was not given specialist respiratory equipment to carry out the work safely.

John Boland, North East Regional Officer for the Unite union, said:

“As a union we are extremely concerned that Aberdeen City Council are putting our members and the general public at risk of exposure.

They have been aware of the risk for over two years, and if they can be so lax in a serious situation like this, was else are they missing and who else are they putting at risk.”