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Suffolk building company fined for asbestos and work at height failings

09-02-2015

Photo shows the farm building where work took placeLJW Cladding Ltd. has been fined after removing asbestos insulation board without a licence and failing to protect its workers from falls of up to four metres at a farm building in Waltham, Essex.

Workers were potentially exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres and only provided with baby wipes or…

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Kent firm and director in court for unsafe demolition site

11-12-2014

Photo shows unsafe working at the demolition site

A Kent construction company and its managing director have been prosecuted after both displayed a ‘shocking disregard’ for workers’ safety at a demolition site in Surrey.

Daniel Lautier admitted two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and his firm, ICG Construction Services, …

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Why the UK’s awareness of asbestos is still lacking

01-10-2014

Photo shows a corrugated cement roofIt’s the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, yet there are still far too many people who are blissfully unaware of the problem. I am of course referring to asbestos.

Although the potentially deadly substance was completely banned outright in Britain in 1999, there are still man…

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Cheshire fertiliser firm sentenced over asbestos exposure

08-10-2013

Photo shows the industrial furnace where workers were exposed to asbestos fibres

A fertiliser manufacturer has been sentenced after around 50 workers were exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres at its plant at Ince Marshes near Ellesmere Port.

GrowHow UK Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after asbestos was discovered during the refurbishment …

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Safe methods of asbestos disposal

26-09-2013

Photo shows an asbestos warning signHandling asbestos can release fibres which are known to cause lung cancer and other lung and respiratory problems. According to the 2012 Control of Asbestos Regulations, removal of some asbestos waste is designated a ‘licensed’ task (and must be handled by special licensed contractors).

What is…

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Health board fined for asbestos failings

26-06-2013

asbestos - the hidden killerA Scottish health board has been fined for safety failings that led to several workers and contractors being potentially exposed to deadly asbestos fibres.

On 20 June, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Greater Glasgow Health Board, known as Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, had failed to properly manage …

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Suspended jail term for director of Kent firm who ignored asbestos safety

21-09-2012

a picture of blue asbestosThe director of a Bromley firm has given a suspended jail sentence after removing asbestos without a licence and deceiving the householders by providing a doctored air test saying the room was safe to re-enter.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the circumstances of the incide…

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Company fined after workers and public exposed to asbestos risk

13-09-2012

A property restoration and development company has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos in a Lincolnshire town.

J Hodgson and Sons Ltd., of Carre Street, Sleaford, disturbed asbestos insulating board during refurbishment work at the former White Hart pub between Mar…

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Firms prosecuted over asbestos danger at Bolton mill

29-08-2012

A pile of damaged asbestos boards stacked up at a mill in BoltonTwo companies have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at a mill in Bolton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took legal action against Hazelwise Ltd. and RH Property Management Ltd. after finding dozens of damaged asbestos boards stacked up at B…

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Cheltenham retailer and contractor prosecuted after asbestos exposure

03-08-2012

A Cheltenham contractor and a retailer have been prosecuted after a construction worker was exposed to asbestos during a refurbishment project.

Simon Cooper was engaged by Hutchinson HiFi and Vision Ltd. in February 2010 to refurbish an empty shop unit in Cheltenham High Street, which invol…

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Firms fined after workers exposed to asbestos

24-07-2012

A tour operator and a ship management firm have been fined after workers were exposed to asbestos fibres during refurbishment work on board a cruise ship.

On 23 July, Teesside Magistrates' Court heard that All Leisure Holidays Ltd. and Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. had arranged for the work to …

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Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

16-07-2012

The unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards at a large independent school in Dorset led to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres, Dorchester Crown Court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company respon…

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Council fined after failing to manage asbestos at Teesside site

09-07-2012

A Teesside council has been fined for putting workers at risk of exposure to asbestos during clearance work of premises in Stockton prior to demolition.

Stockton on Tees Borough Council acquired the Music and Drama Club in Buchanan Street and decided to demolish it as part of a regeneration …

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Timber repair firm responsible for spread of asbestos fibres in shop

14-06-2012

Potentially deadly asbestos fibres were spread in part of a shop by unqualified workmen and left on the premises for three weeks.

In a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on 13 June, Cardiff Magistrates heard that Timberwise (UK) Ltd., a national company specialising in damp…

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Sussex company director fined after failing to control asbestos

14-06-2012

An estate management director, from Brighton, has been fined after failing to manage the spread of asbestos during the demolition of a building.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Brian Marshall, 44, managing director of Supply on Demand Ltd, for breaching asbestos safety regu…

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Workers were needlessly exposed to deadly asbestos dust

14-06-2012

Workmen carrying out a refurbishment at a Devon pub were exposed to deadly asbestos dust and then asked by their site manager to remove it without adequate protection.

The incident happened at the Three Crowns pub in Chagford, Dartmoor in January 2010, when the refurbishment was being carried…

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Dorset builder ignored asbestos risks

01-05-2012

A self-employed builder has been fined for demolishing a building without first carrying out an asbestos survey.

Stuart Pearson, of Verwood, Dorset, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Guildford Magistrates' Court for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations between …

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Firm fined for failing to manage asbestos at Tyneside site

19-04-2012

Exova (UK) Limited has been prosecuted after putting workers at its Tyneside premises at risk of exposure to asbestos.

An investigation was launched into the activities of the laboratory testing firm following a complaint the company had not dealt with damaged asbestos at its site at The Grubb …

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Refurbishment company fined after exposing public to asbestos

09-03-2011

Shengxuan Company Ltd has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos in a Leicestershire village.

The Health and Safety Executives's investigation found the firm had not made its workers aware of the dangers of asbestos and had not given them any training in how to recognise or…

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