The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are set to visit a building site contaminated with asbestos following concerns from residents that strict working guidelines are not being followed.

Investigations into the  development site in Sandbach, Cheshire reveal levels of lead, mercury and asbestos have all been found in the ground where work is underway to build four four-bedroom detached homes.

A qualitative risk assessment report reveals the risk to human health on site is moderate and suggests safety measures be imposed to safeguard the health of workers.

The report states if the site is not disturbed it ‘does not pose a risk to the wider general public in its present condition’.

It continues with the control measures suggested it ‘will continue not to present a risk for the duration of the works’.

One of the control measures states when the soil – which has to be damped down first – is transported ‘lorries will be sheeted prior to leaving the site’.

This, residents allege, is not being done.

It has been reported that lorries have been driving over the speed humps around the site and the potentially contaminated soil is falling out from the lorries spilling out onto the road.

The lorries around the site have been covered with a netting over the top but residents say that it was not enough to stop asbestos fibres flying around.

Residents also insist that the site was not screened off and warning signs were not put up about the contaminated land until recently.

Ward councillor Sam Corcoran has contacted Cheshire East Council several times and said he has spoken to the developer about concerns over a potential health hazard.

“Local residents are understandably concerned about the risk from asbestos on this building site close to their homes,” said Cllr Corcoran. “I had a positive, informal, discussion with the site manager on Thursday. He assured me that all the necessary precautions were being taken. I informed him that I had heard rumours that asbestos sheeting was buried somewhere on the site and he assured me that no large sheets of asbestos had been found so far. There is no dispute though that asbestos fibres have been found.”

A spokesman for the health and safety executive confirmed it was ‘making enquiries following complaints from local residents’.

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