Asbestos scare causes tower block evacuation

7th July 2014

Asbestos CementResidents of a tower block in Motherwell, Scotland have been forced to leave after asbestos was discovered in the building.

Scottish Power employees came across the substance in the building whilst replacing mains cables, bbc.co.uk reports. North Lanarkshire council has since carried out tests to confirm whether the substance is present or not. A spokesperson said the council aims to get the residents back in the building as soon as it can.

“Initial testing has shown a number of positive results within the building,” the spokesperson stated. “As a precautionary measure, movement to and from the tower was restricted earlier today (July 3). However, in light of the results, we have decided to decant our tenants. While we do not believe there is any immediate risk to health, the well-being of out tenants is our priority.”

Accommodation is currently being arranged for the tower’s tenants and a temporary reception centre has been set up, dailyrecord.co.uk writes. More than 100 people currently live in the building.

Specialist asbestos contractors will be conducting a clean-up operation and the air quality will be tested again to make sure all the asbestos has gone. Once the tests show satisfactory results, the tenants will be allowed to go home.

North Lanarkshire Council adds that its happy with the way its staff members acted on the asbestos scare, praising them for coming out at short notice to help those affected.

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