Hospital may have exposed workers to Asbestos

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Asbestos compensation claims could commence against a hospital after it emerged that staff and contractors may have been exposed to Asbestos.

An investigation carried out by the Health & Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSENI) has established that potentially-lethal Asbestos was present at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children; the Belfast Telegraph reports.

The HSENI conducted a probe into an accident at the hospital in February 2011 and found that Asbestos was on the premises, albeit in a basement that is inaccessible to the public.

A spokesman told the news source: "HSENI completed its investigation into this incident and subsequently passed a file to the Public Prosecution Service."

The HSENI investigated the institution after it received information that the ceiling in this room was made of Asbestos insulation board and found this to be the case.

Hugh Moss, inspector at the organisation, observed: "This case highlights the importance of having accurate and up-to-date Asbestos surveys carried out."

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