University exposed students and staff to asbestos

Personal injury compensation claims could be launched against a university after it emerged the institution had potentially exposed attendees to asbestos.

Lincoln University - which has around 10,000 students - has been found to have put scholars, members of staff and contractors at risk of being affected by the potentially lethal material.

This came to light following an incident in February 2010 when a lecturer was trapped in a room when the lock on the door broke and she noticed some suspicious debris around the handle.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was eventually notified and it then emerged that several inspections in recent years had revealed the presence of asbestos at the university, but nothing had been done to remedy this problem.

In a case heard at Lincoln Magistrates' Court, the institution admitted breaking the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, meaning people studying or working there may now wish to pursue damages claims.

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801216881-ADNFCR

21/11/2011 16:30