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FATALITY: ELECTROCUTION ON SCHOOL PROJECT

Workman died during asbestos removal works at closed school

It has been reported by WalesOnline that an investigation has been launched after the death of a workman at “asbestos-hit” Cwmcarn High School in Wales. 

The website reports that asbestos removal firm Caswell Group recently began work at the school after Caerphilly Council agreed to spend £1m removing the substance from the buildings.

Paramedics were called to the school following reports that a 26 year old wokman had collapsed. A Gwent Police spokeswoman said:

“Our officers, together with HSE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man discovered at Cwmcarn High School on Friday.  We were called to the school and are treating the death as unexplained at this time. The man, who was working at the school at the time of his death, is from the Abertillery area and officers are supporting his family at this time.”

An HSE spokesman said:

“Police are taking the lead with the inquiries at present, but we are awaiting the results of the post-mortem before deciding what happens next. The worker who died was removing asbestos at the school, but at this stage we do not think that asbestos exposure has been a key factor. We are very much keeping an open mind at this stage, because a cause of death is not yet clear. There are a range of factors and possibilities before we can definitively say it was one thing or the other.”

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