Tags: Asbestos

Council in court for ignoring asbestos threat in school

Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting to failures in how it managed asbestos across its schools. Basildon Crown Court heard on the 1st of March 2013 that despite being made aware of asbestos concerns in a boiler room at Stifford Clays Junior School, no action was taken. A specialist contractor tasked with carrying out…

Hospital Trust fined for asbestos failings

A North East hospital trust has been fined after contractors were unsuspectingly exposed to asbestos fibres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. On Friday 18 January, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that over the weekend of 24/25 March 2012, contractors at the infirmary drilled through door surrounds on a ward to install cables. It was revealed that concerns…

Companies prosecuted following multiple asbestos failings

A court has heard how workers were exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres following a number of errors by an engineering company and a building firm during a demolition and refurbishment project in Swansea. Neath Magistrates’ Court was told that the project was badly managed, with untrained staff put in charge of the operation, and was…

Firms prosecuted over asbestos danger at Bolton mill

Two companies have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at a mill in Bolton. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took legal action against Hazelwise Ltd and RH Property Management Ltd after finding dozens of damaged asbestos boards stacked up at Brownlow Mill during a visit on 20 October 2010.…

Faith Franz: Jobs with the Highest Risk of Asbestos Exposure

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) in the United States estimates that more than 75 occupational groups have a history of asbestos exposure. While some of these occupations – such as asbestos mining and refining – are no longer in operation in the United Kingdom, many jobs still pose asbestos threats to…

Nanofibres could pose health risk similar to asbestos

New research has proved that inhaling nanofibres – used in products ranging from tennis rackets to airplane wings – could cause similar health issues to asbestos fibres, as they have a similar shape. Researchers from Edinburgh tested varying lengths of nanofibres, to see the effects inhalation had on mice, and found that the longer fibres…

Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

The unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards at a large independent school in Dorset led to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres, Dorchester Crown Court heard 13th July. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company responsible for the refurbishment project, after an investigation found…

Faith Franz: Asbestos safety training in the workplace

By law, any worker who intentionally comes into contact with asbestos at the workplace must undergo asbestos safety training through an accredited organization. Managers must have proof of the employee’s asbestos training (i.e. a copy of their UKATA certificate) before assigning the employee any asbestos tasks at the workplace. The required classes vary by the…