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NHS Trust in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

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NHS Trust in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

[quote= http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/nhs-trust-in-court-after-workers-potentially-exposed-to-asbestos/?ebul=hsegen&cr=12/26-aug-14]An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire.
Between April 2000 and December 2011, the estates team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was maintaining buildings at Watford General Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans Hospital without knowing that asbestos was present or being trained to identify and control exposure. 
The estates team, whose work is to carry out small repairs and maintenance projects where external contractors are not needed, could have disturbed asbestos fibres in the course of a job, but would have had no way of knowing or of protecting themselves.