Whitewash on cable hazard'

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'An electricity company has been accused of a "whitewash" over the cases of at least 20 staff who claim that they are suffering breathing illnesses caused by a cyanide compound they use. The Scottish Power workers want a ban on isocyanates, which are used in street-cabling work.

Some of the workers are lodging claims for compensation against Scottish Power after developing asthma, bronchial and respiratory problems.

The company believes that there is no evidence to support the men's claims and that the levels involved are well below recommended safety limits.