Fibre glass insulation escapes from Red Funnel demolition site, causing concern for dog walkers

Concerns have been raised for litter pickers, dog walkers and other wildlife, as fibre glass insulation blown off Red Funnel’s demolition site in East Cowes is spotted around the town.

Fibre glass at bottom of lamp post

Residents and dog walkers in East Cowes are being warned by a resident to take care, after fibre glass insulation blown from Red Funnel’s demolition site was found scattered around the town last week

Initial concerns were that the material contained asbestos, but Red Funnel have stated to OnTheWight today (Monday) that this is not the case.

Loose fibre glass spotted in East Cowes by Keith Turner
Loose fibre glass spotted in East Cowes by Keith Turner

Red Funnel: Asbestos removed in controlled environment
Chris Sibley, Risk, Safety and Compliance Director at Red Funnel, said:

“We are confident that the minor fragment of waste that has blown off the East Cowes demolition site is loose fill insulation (fibre glass).

“Prior to the demolition, a full asbestos survey was conducted, and the asbestos identified was removed in a controlled environment as per regulations, along with any other hazardous materials.”

Red Funnel demolition site by Keith Turner
Red Funnel demolition site by Keith Turner

Fibre glass is known to cause irritation to eyes, nose and throat, as well as stomach irritation if fibres are swallowed.

Dangers of fibre glass raised
East Cowes resident, Keith Turner, who spotted the loose material last week and launched a campaign on Twitter to alert others, is still concerned the material could be a risk to litter pickers, dogs and other wildlife.

Loose fibre glass from Red Funnel demolition site by Keith Turner
Loose fibre glass from Red Funnel demolition site by Keith Turner
Loose fibre glass spotted in East Cowes by Keith Turner
Loose fibre glass spotted in East Cowes by Keith Turner
Loose fibre glass spotted in East Cowes by Keith Turner
Loose fibre glass spotted in East Cowes by Keith Turner

Sibley: Contractors removed any loose material
On behalf of Red Funnel, Mr Sibley went on to say,

“We work extremely hard to ensure our sites are kept tidy and the contractors in place have since removed any loose material that has unfortunately blown off the site during the recent strong winds.”

Red Funnel “Certain no evidence of fibre glass insulation on the public footpaths or road”
OnTheWight has asked Red Funnel further questions in relation to the risk of fibre glass.

Chris Sibley, Risk, Safety and Compliance Director at Red Funnel, said:

“We work extremely hard to ensure our sites are kept tidy and on this occasion, the minor fragment of loose fill insulation (fibre glass) that unfortunately blew off the demolition site to the adjacent pavement, was cleared immediately once brought to our attention, eliminating any risk to dogs or animals.

“We have undertaken a further clean-up of the site and its surrounding areas and we are certain that there is no evidence of the fibre glass insulation on the public footpaths or roads. We will of course continue to monitor the situation while the demolition work is in progress.”

Article edit
Second quote from Red Funnel about fibre glass insulation added

Monday, 13th May, 2019 12:03pm

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chartman

Not sure if my dog would be remotely interested in eating fibreglass insulation… Lot of hot air if you ask me…