May 2016 – Asbestos Disturbance


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Two companies fined for the disturbance of asbestos

Investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the client had not passed on the details of the presence of asbestos to the contractor, despite prior knowledge.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court have fined two companies after hearing how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they carried out refurbishment work at a former commercial premises, undergoing conversion into flats, in Romford, London.

Asbestos exposure – more fines

Peter Wade from County Durham has been fined for potentially exposing members of the public to asbestos fibres during the refurbishment of a residential property on South Parade, Croft on Tees, County Durham.

Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard how Peter Wade of Staindrop, was converting an integrated garage into a bedroom at the property. While he was visiting the property for a quote, the home owners mentioned the possibility of asbestos in the garage.

Myth-busting by the HSE

A Council run library will not let users plug their laptops into electrical outlets because of a risk of tripping or in case of faulty laptop charger plugs

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Supermarket banned foldaway bicycle from store for health and safety reasons

A supermarket banned a customer from taking his foldaway bicycle into store for health and safety reasons.
Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
Phil Jones

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