Yet Another Case of Asbestos Exposure Reaches Court

Despite all of the information provided about the dangers of asbestos yet another contractor has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.  The Cheltenham based contractor was responsible for exposing a construction worker to the deadly fibres while working on a refurbishment project.

Simon Cooper had been hired by Hutchinson Hi-Fi and Vision to fix up an empty shop unit.  The work included ripping out and replacing a suspended ceiling unfortunately there had been no adequate asbestos survey carried out beforehand.  This meant that Mr Cooper and some fellow workers went ahead and removed approximately 85mm of asbestos board over a period of 2 days.   There were no safety measures put in place and none of the people present were wearing safety protective clothing or gear.

Both the Firm and the Contractor Failed to Perform Adequate Checks

Mr Cooper wasn’t informed of the asbestos being present by Hutchinson Hi-Fi and Vision.  They should have provided the contractor with the results of a demolition and refurbishment surveys were shared with the contractor before any work commended.  Both the firm and the contractor failed to ensure that an asbestos survey was performed and so they were both prosecuted.

The hearing took place on July 27 at Cheltenham Magistrates Court.  Hutchinson Hi-FI and Vision were fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £1,836 in court costs after pleading guilty for breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. Mr Cooper was fined £600 with £800 in costs after he pleaded guilty for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

Deaths from Asbestos are High and All Could Be Prevented with the Right Actions

Asbestos related deaths are still extremely high with around 4500 people losing their lives as a direct consequence of being exposed to the deadly substance.  Many others remain in poor health caused by asbestos related diseases such as Asbestosis and Mesothelioma. These diseases can be avoided by conducting the correct surveys as required by law before any demotion or refurbishment work is performed.

There are different types of asbestos surveys available from Health and Safety Consultants. The Asbestos Management Survey and the Refurbishment & Demolition surveys can both be obtained and the results will indicate if there is any asbestos present.  If there is you may need to provide the right type of safety equipment and protection to your contractors or employees, or perhaps hire specialists.

Any properties that were built before the year 2000 or had any refurbishment performed before then may contain asbestos. The material was used in loft insulation, toilet cisterns, water tanks, textured coatings on ceilings and walls, floor tiles, heater cupboards, rain water pipes, pipe lagging, fuse boxes, and wall panelling’s.  Use the health and safety services to ensure you are working within the law, and more importantly that you are not risking the lives of people who are working with you.

Find out more about the two types of asbestos surveys by calling 0800 1488 677 and speaking to the experts there ready to help you.

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