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Chinese cladding contractor facing HSE asbestos probe

The UK division of Chinese cladding giant Yuanda is facing a formal investigation into the potential import and use of building materials containing asbestos.

The Health and Safety Executive has launched the probe following problems on Yuanda sites in Australia.

White asbestos was found in roof panels imported by Yuanda from China and used on a new hospital in Perth.

A letter seen by the Enquirer states that the HSE has "established contact with Yuanda (UK) Co. Ltd. to conduct preliminary enquiries, establish their relationship to Yuanda Australia, understand the operation of their supply chain and the specification and quality assurance and quantity of materials they bring into the UK."

It is understood the HSE has taken a number of samples from Yuanda sites in this country.

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