A company from Sheffield that is licensed to remove asbestos has been fined £10,000 for putting its workers at an asbestos risk during a refurbishment project in Warwickshire.
AG & M Ltd was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was discovered that their workers were within asbestos risk due to the ineffective procedures in place to maintain a decontamination unit as well as respiratory masks. In addition there was no trained supervisor to oversee the restrictions to asbestos risk, at the site on Station Road, Kenilworth.
The Magistrates’ Court in Nuneaton heard evidence that the asbestos removal company had provided a substandard cleaning and decontamination unit for workers with the biggest concern being that the water in the hosepipe of the shower was frozen, meaning it could not be used at all.
Asbestos Risk Heightened by Lack of Inspections
The decontamination unit was meant to have had safety checks on a daily basis but this had also failed to take place, ensuring that the company had failed to identify a series of other faults, including a damaged vent, one of the shower doors not closing properly and a broken door hinge.
The two workers who were put in asbestos risk would not have realised the shower supply was frozen until they were already inside the shower, leaving them at a much greater asbestos risk and a spread of asbestos.
Jo Anderson of the HSE explained how important it is for workers who remove asbestos to be allowed proper and safe decontamination procedures and instruments as this prevents exposure and potentially deadly asbestos risk.
“AG&M’s failure to maintain the unit meant that if we had not drawn this to their attention, two men would have been unable to shower, which is the final and most important stage of decontamination, until the ice had melted.
“It is unacceptable to allow such failings. As a licensed asbestos removal contractor, the company was fully aware of its responsibilities to ensure the safety and welfare of its workers. Licensed contractors are required to achieve the highest standards of control to prevent exposure and spread.”
Asbestos Risk – Speak to a Personal Injury Solicitor
Asbestos risk is a worry for those working to remove the substance as it is still one of the UKs biggest workplace killers, an estimated 4,000 people dying each year from asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses.
Symptoms can sometimes take years or decades to develop so if you or a loved one has suffered as a result of the exposure to asbestos risk by employers previous or current, you could be entitled to make a claim for asbestos compensation.
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