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ROOFLINE REFURBISHMENT ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

Window and conservatory firm fined for failing to protect from asbestos

Four employees were exposed while removing soffits on a property at Chirbury Gate, Montgomery, Powys, between 16 and 17 June 2009.

HSE investigators found that Meadow View Windows and Conservatories (Philip Leslie Davies T/A) had failed to take effective measures to prevent or reduce the exposure of employees to asbestos.

Mr Davies, of Shrewsbury, admitted exposing employees to asbestos, failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment, and failing to ensure adequate information, instruction and training was provided to employees. He was charged with breaching of Regulations 5, 10(1) and 11(1)(a) of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006.

He was fined a total of £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,615 at Welshpool Magistrates Court on 19 November 2010

Exposure was wholly avoidable

HSE inspector Chris Wilcox said:

“Four of Mr Davies’ employees were exposed to asbestos in circumstances that were wholly avoidable.

They now have to live with the fear of becoming ill with a life-threatening lung disease.

Those working in the roofline products industry must check for the presence of asbestos and be fully aware of the legal requirements for working with asbestos-containing materials.”

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