Asbestos exposed at Hereford Ambulance Station

Asbestos has been exposed inside the garage of a recently refurbished ambulance station forcing bosses to keep approximately 30 ambulance vehicles outside, a union has said.

Unison spokesman Andy Kibble said that the holes in Hereford ambulance station’s garage roof were identified on Friday.

He said he was concerned about worker’s health at the base.

West Midlands Ambulance Services said the asbestos in the roof was “low risk”.

Mr Kibble said specialist equipment has been kept on vehicles rather than in secure lockers since the discovery.

“It is causing us a lot of problems here at Hereford at the moment and that’s as a result of a delay by management to take action more promptly” he stated.

The station reopened in 2011 after an £800,000 revamp to turn it into a hub for the county. A trust spokesman said the substance had been identified as “non-asbestos fibre board ceiling tiles coated in asbestos paper. The trust has arranged for its asbestos analyst to conduct air and physical sampling of the site which will then be thoroughly cleaned and made safe. An investigation involving unions and the trust’s health and safety officers will be conducted next week”.

(Story taken from BBC Hereford and Worcester 21/5/14)