A construction union in the UK has called for the housing manager at a housing association to be sacked following a programme on television. In the programme the housing manager was seen refusing to provide masks to workers while they were drilling asbestos, according to the report. Union officials are outraged and are calling for the manager to be fired.

Patrick Leonard, who is the managing director of Carlisle Housing Association, was also seen to have refused the asbestos workers protective clothing, according to the report. The calls for his resignation or termination of employment has come from the union, the Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians.

In a television interview Mr Leonard said that workers had to share a responsibility for safety at work. However, the union has said that the comments that Mr Leonard made were disgraceful. One union official said: “His position is entirely untenable and he must be replaced immediately.”

Asbestos is a known carcinogenic and can cause a range of serious and even deadly health problems through exposure to airborne dust and fibers, including respiratory problems, scarring of the lungs, and a form of cancer known as mesothelioma, which is directly attributed to asbestos exposure.

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