Removal of asbestos near set of Eastenders revealed
The lethal, potentially cancer-causing substance was discovered just yards away from the entrance of Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, although it is not known for exactly how long it had been present.
Although the area was swiftly sealed off, a BBC spokesperson said that actors or crew were not at risk and there had been no effect on filming, explaining: “Extraction work at a trench outside the site has been stopped whilst some tiles are dealt with by licensed contractors”.
The possible effects of long-term exposure to asbestos are well-established, and include life-threatening conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
It’s not just about Albert Square…
According to The Sun, some of the key players of the Eastenders cast were present on set when the discovery was made, including Adam Woodyatt, who stars as Ian Beale, and Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Slater.
The set where the soap is filmed is also used for various other BBC programmes, including – ironically – Holby City, as well as the long-running daytime soap Doctors.
While it is reassuring to hear from the BBC spokesperson that the asbestos on this occasion was quickly dealt with after its discovery, this story should teach us several important lessons – not least that asbestos can be found even in the locations where it may be least expected.
With the often fatal fibres said to be responsible for around 4,500 deaths from cancer every year in the UK, you also cannot overlook the importance of ensuring the professional removal of asbestos from wherever it may be found on or near your firm’s own premises.
This is where our acclaimed asbestos removal service here at Trident Asbestos Solutions can be so invaluable for your organisation. We use the best methodology and management to identify the presence of any asbestos on your business site, followed by its rapid and comprehensive removal.
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