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Burnley based Time Computers is facing legal action from three employees and one sacked ex-staffer for breaching health and safety regulations.

The four claim to have been poisoned by a toxic paint being used to smarten up some damaged PC cases.

The three employees are currently on paid suspension - Time won't say why - but are expected to return to work shortly. The former employee was sacked for stealing from Time.

The paint is based on a toxic substance called isocyanates which gives off hazardous fumes. Time says one of the four bought the paint from a local supplier without checking with Time's health and safety officer. It was used for "a few days" according to Time's spokeswoman until management was alerted to the situation.

Time says customers who bought the retouched PCs are in no danger.

The legal dispute has not gone beyond an exchange of solicitors' letters yet. ®

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