UPDATED: Hospitals Trust apologises for ‘reckless’ asbestos exposure failures

Asbestos exposure can lead to health complications including asbestosis

Asbestos exposure can lead to health complications including asbestosis

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The NHS trust which runs West Herts’ three hospitals is to be fined for putting its staff at risk of asbestos exposure.

The West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust – covering Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans –reported itself to the Health and Safety Executive after a new member of staff raised concerns about the dangerous substance in one of its buildings.

Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital

A full survey was carried out, which resulted in the Trust pleading guilty to five charges of breaching health and safety regulations over an 11-year period.

 

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