Firm in Lincoln could face £1,000,000 fine
A construction company in Lincoln face potential fines up to £1,000,000 if they are found to be guilty of health and safety asbestos breaches. The firm have been found to be in breach of Section 3 (1) and Section 33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The Court papers have stated , “Being an employer within the meaning of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (“the Act”), it failed to discharge the duty imposed on it by section 3(1) of the Act, in that if failed to conduct its undertaking, namely refurbishment at the above address in such a way as to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in its employment who may have been affected thereby, including Anthony Potterton and Neil Jennings, were not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety, namely exposure to asbestos fibres, whereby it is guilty of an offence contrary to section 33(1)(a) of the Act.”
The case has been adjourned to be heard at Lincoln Crown Court at a later date which has yet to be confirmed.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a material which was often used as building materials, it was often used for sprayed coatings and insulation on ceilings and walls. It was once dubbed the “miracle mineral” and lauded for its versatility, asbestos fibres are extremely durable and resistant to heat, fire and various chemicals. The durability of asbestos is the main reason why it was used industrially and commercially for many years.
The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
When Asbestos materials are disturbed or damaged, they release fibres into the air which if inhaled could cause serious conditions. Conditions related to asbestos exposure can take many years manifest however once diagnosed with a condition it is often too late to deter the development of illnesses relating to Asbestos exposure. Exposure to the fibres can cause extremely harmful respiratory conditions, most common being asbestosis and mesothelioma.
According to HSE, asbestos kills around 5000 workers each year which is more than the number of people killed on the road. Unfortunately, asbestos isn’t just a problem of the past, it can be present even today in any building built or has been refurbished before the start of the millennium.
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