Environmental scare for paramedics

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Cumbernauld’s new £330,000 ambulance depot is being investigated by environmental watchdogs after two staff developed health problems on the site.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has sent officers to the Lenziemill facility after paramedics raised concerns with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The News and Chronicle was contacted by a source who believes that the problem stems from the fact that the depot is surrounded by two industrial plants.

The source said: “The problem is with dust .One colleague has left. The doctor told him that his health would be affected if he stayed. Now another member of staff is is on the sick because they couldn’t breathe. They were actually on their shift and had to go home.

“Obviously everyone is frightened that they too will develop these sort of problems too. The bosses should have risk assessed the site before we moved in and if they had done their homework, we would be at another location.’’

However, the Scottish Ambulance Service denied that the problem had been ignored. Their spokesman said: “The welfare of our employees is paramount and following concerns raised by staff we have asked  SEPA to look into the dust levels in the area which may be associated with the activities of neighbouring businesses.

“ We will await the outcome of that process before determining the most appropriate course of action,’’ he added.

A spokesman for SEPA confirmed that samples had been taken from the plant. He said:“Officers have been undertaking monitoring.’’