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Asbestos scare forces evacuation of tower block

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More than 100 people had to spend a weekend in temporary accommodation after workers disturbed asbestos in a tower block in Motherwell, Scotland.

Scottish Power’s contractors dislodged the asbestos at Anderson Tower on Thursday July 3rd while replacing mains cabling and undertaking modernisation work.

As exposure to asbestos can be fatal, North Lanarkshire Council decided to evacuate the tower block to give its staff time to assess the extent of the problem and to deal with it.

Residents were finally allowed back into their homes on Monday July 7th after a specialist asbestos contractor had completed a full clean-up.

North Lanarkshire Council's housing operations manager Stephen Llewellyn said: "The decision to allow residents to return to their homes was taken only after the council was satisfied the building had been properly deep-cleaned and test results showed clear.

"Works have also been carried out to seal areas where asbestos was disturbed. The health and wellbeing of our residents was paramount and we fully appreciate their understanding during this disruption."

The council has now launched a full investigation into how the asbestos came to be exposed by the workers.

To find out more about what asbestos management measures need to be in place before work is undertaken or for full details of what asbestos refurbishment / demolition surveys entail, please get in touch with BLS Asbestos.

Published: 7th July 2014