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Health Board Fined for Asbestos Failings

A Scottish health board has been fined for a safety failing that led to several workers being exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres during a seven-year period.

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Two companies fined for serious breaches in the removal of asbestos

A construction management company and a director of a construction company were fined for serious safety failings whilst working on a construction site at Kensington Church Street, London.

Work was carried out by three employees of construction firm Cowen Builders Limited, of Chelmsford exposed them to asbestos over several days after it was disturbed. It will be several years before it is know if the exposure will result in asbestos related disease causing ill health and death.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, in May 2013, Cowen Builders Limited (CBL) had been contracted by Paragon Management UK Limited (Paragon) to carry out work at the premises. Prior to this work asbestos had been identified in a survey by Paragon. Paragon failed to provide the details of the survey to CBL prior to the work starting. CBL failed to consider the possibility of asbestos being present and then continued the work without adequate measures in place after it was known the asbestos had been disturbed.

Paragon Management UK Limited, from Austin Friars, London, was fined a total of £20,000, and ordered to pay £2,373 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were also ordered to pay compensation to each of the three workers.

Kenneth W Cowen, sole director of Cowen Building Limited of South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, was fined £15,000, and ordered to pay £2,373 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Firm Failed to Communicate Risk

A Bulding firm has been fined for failing to highlight the known presence of AIB at a warehouse.

According to HSE, Redwood Contractors Ltd was in possession of a detailed asbestos survey that clearly identified the location of the asbestos wall panels inside the building in Wokingham but the survey wasn't shared with the team on the ground.

The foreman mistook the AIB for asbestos cement and consequently, it was removed without adequate control measures and protective equipment.

Redwood Contractors Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5 and 11 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,857 in costs.

Source: RoSPA Safety Express - July/August 2014 

Asbestos Analysts Review

HSE has begun a national project to investigate standards in the asbestos analyst industry following concerns about failure rates and dubious test clearance certificates. Inspections began in April, with the aim of visiting a large proporation of analyst companies, and carrying out both site and head office visits.

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Mesothelioma Scheme Launched

Mesothelioma sufferers unable to trace a liable employer or employers' liability insurer will now be able to apply for compensation of £123,000, the Government has announced.

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Gas mask warning for schools

Schools are being warned not to use World War gas masks for educational purposes as they could potentially contain asbestos.

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Portsmouth company in court over asbestos exposure dangers

A Portsmouth demolition firm faced criminal charges in court today (31 March) after stripping more than 50 metres of potentially-deadly asbestos board without a license and potentially putting workers at risk.

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Housing trust and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk

A trust providing housing and care for the elderly and two firms hired to carry out refurbishment work at its premises in Alnwick have been fined after staff and residents were put at risk of exposure to asbestos.

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Asbestos in schools

HSE's policy on the management of asbestos is currently being challenged in relation to asbestos in schools. It is estimated that around 75% of schools in England may contain asbestos.

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Housing Trust and Two Firms Facing Fine for Potential Asbestos Risk

Residents and staff of an old folks’ home in Northumberland were exposed to asbestos fibres by maintenance contractors called in to put in a new lift.

West Yorkshire firm Express Elevators Ltd was contracted by Anchor Trust to replace the lift at St Paul’s Court sheltered housing scheme in Alnwick in November 2012. PC Lifts, of London, was subcontracted to remove the existing lift ahead of the new one being installed.

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Surrey firm in court after asbestos find at girls’ school

A building contractor has been fined for ignoring asbestos safety rules after the potentially deadly material was discovered in a basement area at the independent Woldingham girls’ school in Caterham.

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Rochdale workers exposed to asbestos fibres for five years

A Rochdale-based re-upholstery firm and company director have been fined after workers were exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres for nearly five years.

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Construction specialist fined for stripping asbestos without licence

Fit-out and refurbishment specialist Piperhill Construction Ltd has been fined £8,000 for stripping out asbestos without a licence.

On 25 August 2011, while carrying out refurbishment work, Piperhill Construction removed asbestos insulating board (AIB) from the stairwells of Kilbroney House, a 14 storey apartment block in east Belfast managed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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Enviro-Safe Awarded ISO 14001:2004 Certificate of Registration

Enviro-Safe has achieved ISO 14001:2004 accreditation approved by Quay Audit UK Ltd.

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