Is public pro­tected from as­bestos?

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

READER John Parkin­son paused for a good look at this clas­sic Roll Royce car at Hare­field Fete in June.

The ve­hi­cle starred in the 2012 Olympics clos­ing cer­e­mony and its fame drew an ad­mir­ing crowd AS a reg­u­lar user of Hayes & Har­ling­ton Sta­tion I am in­creas­ingly con­cerned at the ap­par­ent lack of pro­tec­tion that the trav­el­ling public will have against the strip­ping of as­bestos in the build­ing be­ing de­mol­ished next door.

High boards and can­vas sheets have been placed around the site in Sta­tion Pa­rade – but these are no of boys as the photo shows.

If some­thing catches your eye around the bor­ough, please email a photo to steve.bax@ trin­i­tymir­ and in­clude your de­tails as well as when and where the pic­ture was taken.

pro­tec­tion from as­bestos dust – the lat­ter be­ing so fine that the dust has to be fil­tered us­ing spe­cial­ist equip­ment.

It ap­pears that even the manda­tory spe­cial­ist equip­ment in­clud­ing air-locks does not seem to be get­ting in­stalled.

This is all an un­ac­cept­able health risk both for the trav­el­ling public and for the staff at the Sta­tion.

Per­son­ally I have had enough of the lack­adaisi­cal ap­proach to strip­ping as­bestos es­pe­cially at Heathrow Air­port (Queens Build­ing in­clud­ing the old Med­i­cal Cen­tre) and at Bri­tish Air­ways (Vis­count House, Speed­bird House, Comet House, and an­cil­lary pre-fabs). Over the years staff work­ing in these build­ings were told by re­spec­tive

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