A developer in the UK has been accused of negligence for potentially exposing people to asbestos by leaving asbestos waste exposed at a site in Exeter that was being prepared for housing. Authorities heard about the asbestos risk from a local resident, who told them that the risk was at the Old Royal Naval Storage Depot site.

The developer, Dukeminster, has been criticised over the incident by Exeter city councillor Marcel Choules After the resident alerted authorities to the danger the details were passed on to environmental health officers. According to officials the asbestos was in a large container with the doors open and could clearly be seen at the site.

Asbestos is a potentially deadly substance and a known carcinogenic. Exposure to its airborne dust and fibers can cause various health problems, and this includes scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The councilor stated: “I am concerned as we know the dangers of asbestos, especially when it is released into the air. There is a potential health risk to residents and obviously the workers themselves.”

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