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REFURB FIRM DISTURBED ASBESTOS EXPOSING PUBLIC TO RISK

Asbestos containing material left in open skip on busy thoroughfare

J Hodgson and Sons Ltd, a property restoration and development company, has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos during refurbishment work at a former Lincolnshire pub between March and June 2011.

The company placed the material in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare during stripping out the building. A surveyor visiting the premises reported the matter to HSE and a Prohibition Notice was issued stopping all work until a licensed asbestos removal company was engaged to deal with the material.

Training is essential to work with ‘potentially deadly material’

At Lincoln Magistrates (10 September), J Hodgson and Sons Ltd pleaded guilty to two separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 for failing to prevent the spread of asbestos and exposure to it. The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sam Russell said:

“The company first put workers’ health at risk by disturbing asbestos and then that of the public by putting the insulation board in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare between a car park and Sleaford’s main shopping area.

Asbestos-related diseases kill more than 4,000 people a year. Asbestos is still prevalent in many buildings and has to be managed correctly.

Operatives and companies must be trained to work with this potentially deadly material to make sure no-one is put at risk.”

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