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    HEALTH RISK LEAD PAINT

    Refurbishment project suspected of causing poisoning

    The refurbishment of a Perthshire mansion was halted after workers were suspected of suffering from lead poisoning. Some required hospital treatment. A spokesman for HSE said “Work activities ceased while we carried out an investigation on the site. A number of construction workers appeared to have raised levels of lead absorption. They had been working with lead paint”. James Woolnough, managing director of Blairish Restorations said “Our guys were sanding down paint finishes and ingested the dust from the sandings. Unfortunately some became ill,” 

    Comment: This incident highlights the health risks that can arise during work on older structures. It is vital that the CDM-Coordinator brings together a pre-construction information package that considers the presence of existing hazardous materials and substances. On buildings of this age lead containing surface coatings is always a possibility thereby making sanding operations a high risk process requiring a full COSHH assessment.    

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