Legionnaires' disease deaths blamed on flaws in council policy - Guardian
"Britain's worst outbreak of legionnaires' disease, which killed seven people and affected 180 others, could have been avoided if the local council had followed readily available safety guidelines, a report concludes today.
The report, prepared for the Health and Safety Executive, follows two public meetings to consider the outbreak of the disease in the air-conditioning system at the Forum 28 arts and leisure centre in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in August 2002.
Colin Pickthall, former Labour MP for West Lancashire, who chaired the inquiry, said that "several flaws were apparent from the start". He told the BBC: "The guidelines on how to avoid legionella were readily available then, as now. They weren't used, they weren't disseminated around the council. They were put in bins or they were put in files.""
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