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13th December 2018

Developer Fined After Disturbing Asbestos

What’s Happened? The owner of a building has recently been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after it was discovered that major refurbishment had taken place without an asbestos survey. When HSE Inspectors visited the large site in Manchester, they found that the Developer had renovated the building without firstly checking for asbestos. The […]

22nd May 2018

What’s the Deal with Asbestos Registers?

An asbestos register is a massively important document showing people where asbestos can be found in a building, but a recent study shows that they’re not well used. A recent study highlighted that up to a third of construction workers would not check the asbestos register on a site before starting work. This not only […]

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14th February 2017

Who’s responsible for asbestos management?

A case heard in December 2016 illustrates a common dilemma about asbestos management in a building – deciding who is responsible. As this article shows, having a prolonged argument about this may well land you in court. In 2007 Connect Packaging Ltd (CP) moved into leased premises in Essex. At the time, managers identified that […]

19th April 2016

Two Companies Fined After Disturbing Asbestos

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats, in Romford, London. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive […]

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29th February 2016

Asbestos Surveys… Do i need one?

Everyone has heard of asbestos, and the fact that exposure to it can be harmful to people’s health. The reality is that historically, the dangers of asbestos were not well known. This, coupled with the fact that asbestos was readily available, relatively cheap to mine and manipulate, and had many positive qualities including durability and good […]

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20th February 2014

Firm In Court After Workers Exposed To Asbestos

A window replacement company has been fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay £10,571 after it exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material during work to replace window units at a school in Bury St Edmunds. Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd (FCDL) informed Westley Middle school that asbestos panels would be removed by registered […]

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