HSE talks to body af­ter as­bestos prob­lem

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A health and safety watch­dog has been “in di­a­logue” with city coun­cil bosses af­ter as­bestos was found dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion of an Aberdeen school.

The bull­doz­ing of the for­mer Kin­corth Academy stopped in its tracks in Au­gust amid safety con­cerns.

Con­trac­tors Ge­orge Beat­tie and Son had torn down much of the build­ing, which closed last sum­mer, when the sus­pected as­bestos was found.

Now a spokes­woman for the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive (HSE) said the con­trac­tor was is­sued with an im­prove­ment no­tice.

She said: “HSE is­sued

“Ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures are in place to en­sure safety”

an im­prove­ment no­tice against the de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor to en­sure that the re­main­ing low risk as­bestos ma­te­ri­als were man­aged ap­pro­pri­ately.

“The con­trac­tor has con­firmed that all as­bestos prod­ucts have been re­moved from this site.”

The author­ity was told to im­prove pro­ce­dures af­ter it emerged there had been no emer­gency re­sponse for five days fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of as­bestos at Bridge of Don Academy in July.

The HSE spokes­woman added: “We have been in di­a­logue with Aberdeen City Coun­cil about the man­age­ment of as­bestos aris­ing from their work ac­tiv­i­ties since the HSE in­ves­ti­ga­tion at Bridge of Don Academy in July 2018.

“We ac­knowl­edge that they have a pri­ori­tised ac­tion plan to make on­go­ing im­prove­ments to their as­bestos man­age­ment sys­tem.”

A coun­cil spokesman said: “We would like to re­as­sure the pub­lic that ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures are in place to en­sure the safe han­dling of as­bestos as the project con­tin­ues.”

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