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John Lewis facing huge fine for exposing workers to asbestos

John Lewis facing huge fine for exposing workers to asbestos

HIGH street retailer John Lewis faces a massive fine after it was revealed they failed to do proper safety checks while refurbishing premises in Edinburgh which led to 15 construction workers potentially being exposed to asbestos.

The Court heard that neither of the two companies carried out the necessary checks for asbestos before they allowed the workmen to begin.  Procurator Fiscal Maureen McGovern told how there are three types of checks for asbestos, the first two being suitable only for "day-to-day checks on households".

But "type three", described as "getting into every nook and cranny to ensure there is no risk of asbestos exposure", is the one John Lewis and Morris and Spottiswood should have used.

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