Builder fails to act on results of Asbestos Survey in Surrey School

A building contractor has been fined £50,000 for ignoring asbestos safety rules after discovering the lethal material in the basement of Surrey school.   Buxton Building Contractors Ltd was carrying out refurbishment work at the independent Woldingham girls’ school in Caterham in 2011. It had commissioned a specialist survey to identify the presence of asbestos…

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Revised ACOP – L143 Published – Managing and Working with Asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now published the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) – L143 “Managing and working with asbestos”. The ACOPs L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) have been consolidated into the single, revised ACOP (L143). This has been updated to make…

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The Female face of Britain’s Asbestos Catastrophe by Laurie Kazan-Allen

This article by Laurie Kazan-Allen from the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (http://ibasecretariat.org/index.htm) highlights the role of women in Britain’s asbestos history. Considering the colossal levels of asbestos exposure experienced by British workers, consumers, bystanders and community members during the 20th century, there can be no doubt that the death toll from asbestos-related diseases has been…

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Failure to undertake Asbestos Survey results in fine for company.

A FAMILY-run furniture firm has been fined £3,000 after two workers were exposed to asbestos in South Tyneside. The offence happened when employees with Interior Designs (NE) removed plasterboard from a garage ceiling in Windermere, Cleadon Village, and transported it outside to a van on January 10 this year. Magistrates in South Tyneside were told…

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Lack of Asbestos Awareness Training and Asbestos Survey results in large fines.

A Birmingham glazing contractor and a local school have been fined for failing to manage refurbishment works properly and exposing workers to asbestos. Birmingham Glass Services Ltd and Equitas Academies Trust, the owner and operator of Aston Manor Academy, were jointly prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found they put…

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Court awards payout for environmental exposure to asbestos

A woman has won a landmark pay-out for the asbestos-related illness that is killing her. The unnamed 61-year-old has become the first local person to successfully claim damages from Turner and Newall without having ever worked for the defunct Hindley Green firm. She landed the payment after convincing trustees that the deadly mesothelioma with which…

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