It was revealed in January that teachers at Buchanan High School in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, had been gagged and threatened with the sack after raising safety concerns about the drinking water. The Daily Mail reports.
Staff complained three years ago that water at the campus, which shared with St Ambrose High School and is built on a site used by the former Gartsherrie Iron Works, had turned blue, and four of them have now been diagnosed with cancer.
Three of the four teachers who now have cancer are believed to have worked in the same corridor at Buchanan where staff were told not to drink the tap water, the Daily Record reported.
High levels of copper in corroded pipe work can cause water to turn blue, experts said.
And in February, the Sunday Post revealed that copper levels were three times higher than normal.
Professor Andrew Watterson, a public health expert at Stirling University, said that the reported cancer cases seemed a ‘very big cluser’ and were worthy of further investigation.
‘The reported ill health cases do merit serious investigation and it is understandable staff and pupils are anxious.
‘This seems a very big cluster very close together in the building for a very small population of teachers. Establishing if a cluster is causal or random is, however, notoriously difficult.’
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