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Builder fined for asbestos risk due to negating to carry-out an asbestos survey

A self-employed builder has been fined for demolishing a building without first carrying out an asbestos survey

Stuart Pearson was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Guildford Magistrates’ Court for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations between 20 April and 1 May 2011.

The court was told that he had been employed to carry out the demolition of a house in Woking, Surrey, before ground works were laid for a new property.

He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500.

May 2, 2012 at 8:10 am | Asbestos Services |
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You Cannot Replace Asbestos Garage Roof, with Asbestos?

I have just had one of the strangest questions I’ve heard in a long time so I thought I would put the record straight.

I was asked if we “could sell some good condition asbestos sheets?” as they wanted to replace one or two sheets on their own asbestos garage roof.

 

I obviously explained that its now illegal to sell any asbestos products as well as use them and they will have to consider removing the whole roof.

I never can understand why people would want to keep this horribly hazardous waste near their families.

 

February 14, 2012 at 11:14 am | Asbestos Services, Uncategorized |
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Building Company Fined for Unsafe Asbestos Disposal

HSE has fined a building company based in Bradford-on- Avon after it was found putting people at risk through unsafe asbestos disposal of an insulation board (AIB).

A Magistrates court heard that the construction company removed the asbestos waste while working on a refurbishment job. The asbestos was removed and non of the legal precautions were put into place, exposing the family and workers to the risks of asbestos exposure.

HSE inspector, Helena Tinton said after the prosecution:

“Asbestos is widely known to be a hazardous material and asbestos fibre exposure is linked to a number of serious diseases, including cancer and scarring of the lungs. As such, work with materials containing higher risk asbestos, including asbestos insulation board, is a licensed activity with work only carried out by trained people under tightly controlled conditions.. As a building contractor engaged in refurbishment work, D B Construction should have been aware of this and yet these ceiling boards were removed in an uncontrolled manner over a period of several hours, which resulted in the spread of airborne asbestos fibres inside and outside the property, leaving workers and the family at risk of exposure.”

The construction company were fined over £10,000 for their general contempt of asbestos regulations.

February 10, 2012 at 11:21 am | asbestos disposal, Asbestos Services |
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Do I have Asbestos Ceiling Tiles?


If you have ceiling tiles that look like the following:There is a chance you may have asbestos ceiling tiles, they can be found in many places and these pictures just show what a few of them look like, if you’re in any doubt then why not have the surface tested?These products can also be found in partition walls, fireproofing panels in fire doors, lift shaft linings, ceiling tiles, soffits and panels below windows to mention only a few areas.

Don’t forget with most of these boards it is difficult to tell the difference by just visual inspection. This is why the HSE advise testing on these areas.

For help and advice please contact Dan here at Top Asbestos.

 

 

February 7, 2012 at 11:34 am | asbestos disposal, Asbestos Infomation, Asbestos Removal, Asbestos Services, Uncategorized |
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MP’s encourage the removal of asbestos in our schools

A report has been released warning that 75% of state schools are exposing all those who enter the premises to asbestos fibers.

The amount of asbestos has been described as a “national scandal” The report is aimed at encouraging the government to bring in a programme to help with the removal of asbestos within schools.

 

 

This report comes after more than 140 teachers died from mesothelioma in 10 years this encouraged Labour MP Jim Sheridan for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, to say “This is a national scandal. Urgent action is needed to prevent more pupils, teachers and other staff being exposed to this deadly killer dust.

“We need both far greater awareness of the risks that this material poses and a programme for its phased removal.”

We will wait to see if the government put this in to action and start to give people the safe environment they deserve.

February 3, 2012 at 10:14 am | Asbestos Removal, Asbestos Services, Uncategorized |
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Where to look when removing asbestos

Have you ever thought does your house contain asbestos? The answer is it probably does, its suspected over hundreds of thousands of properties have asbestos in them.

 

The next question would be where? Check out the HSE’s web site to see if you should be looking to removing asbestos from your property Click Here

 

February 3, 2012 at 8:52 am | Asbestos Removal, Asbestos Services, Uncategorized |
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Why get a Type 3 Asbestos

Whenever you are looking to demolish or refurbish a property you should always carryout an asbestos survey. Formally called a type 3 asbestos survey they are now more communally known as refurbishment/demolition survey. The idea is that we should test any suspected areas before we carry out any works that may put any one working in those areas in any danger.

 

 

February 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Asbestos Services |
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Do you have an asbestos management plan?

Do you own your own commercial property? Then you should be aware of the “duty to manage asbestos”.  This HSE ruling is where you have a responsibility to provide a report on the building to say if there is any asbestos present in the building. If there is, determine the condition of the asbestos. This limits the risk to any employee who works there. Asbestos management plan is easy to arrange all you need to do is call us for your asbestos survey & removal

Call Dan 0844 288 7264

January 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Asbestos Services |
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Asbestos Training

 

Did you know that asbestos regulations require that you train anyone who is likely to come into contact with asbestos? So if you work as a electrician, plumber, builder or in site maintenance…basically anywhere that could come into contact with asbestos you should be trained at least so you know not to disturb any asbestos present and identifying what type of asbestos helps when gaining asbestos removal costs. If you have not been trained let me know asbestos training is now available!

Call Dan 0844 288 7264

January 26, 2012 at 9:19 am | Asbestos Services |
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Asbestos Stripping Bristol

Unfortunately we’re not talking about the taking off clothes style of stripping…when you’re asbestos stripping in Bristol, remember pre-preparation. If you’ve never removed asbestos before, you need an expert on site to determine what type (and therefore, what level of hazard) the asbestos is. It could be a simple crysotile removal (which still needs safety equipment) or a more serious amosite removal. Either way, don’t go in blindly. Make sure you’re aware of the risks and have a clear idea of the job layout that minimises any risk to you or anyone near.

January 24, 2011 at 10:10 am | Asbestos Removal, Asbestos Services |
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