Asbestos Legislation and Neglect


November 2014 NEWSLETTER


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Fines for neglect

Fines for Asbestos Hazard Neglect

On 8th October, health and safety concerns were raised to Westminster Magistrates surrounding a Barnet building firm who were converting an old pub in Victoria Road into flats.

The building firm have been fined after it turned a blind eye to potential asbestos hazards faced by its workers.  Despite previous enforcement actions being issued by the HSE, assurances of improvements were not kept .

Court costs and fines lead to a sizeable payout by MP Builders Ltd.


Rulings on Asbestos Damage

The High Court has ruled that Government plans to deduct legal fees from the damages paid to people dying from asbestos exposure are unlawful.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It can take decades to develop, yet people live for an average of just nine months after diagnosis. Around 2,000 people are diagnosed each year, and the numbers are set to increase over the next 30 years.

Many people seek compensation by taking legal action against their former employers or the employer’s insurance company.


Asbestos regulation neglect leads to prosecution

Asbestos regulations were neglected and a Hove-based firm has been fined after it removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work.

For work undertaken at premises in Dyke Road, Hove, between 22 and 25 October 2013, Asbestos Damage Limitations Ltd, was prosecuted at Brighton Magistrates’ Court  for safety breaches.

Read which licence expired and the fines associated with the case.

Myth-busting by the HSE

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

All office lights must have a working bulb

An enquirer has been informed that for health and safety reasons all of the lights in their open plan office must have working bulbs in them. Due to a pre-existing eye condition the enquirer has switched off a strip light above their work station for the last three years but this will not now be allowed.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Customer not allowed a coffee with a child’s meal deal

On a recent visit to a fast food outlet the enquirer was refused a coffee with a child’s meal deal on health and safety grounds, even though the meal was for his adult self.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

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Mandatory Requirements

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is now a mandatory requirement in the UK, requiring all non-SME’s to undertake regular energy audits.


Hear from our Asbestos Technical expert Mick Dawson.

We welcome Mick to our team, he brings with him a wealth of experience, qualifications and advise for clients.

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