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Businesses urged to be wary of asbestos in 2013

10th January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The construction industry must be more wary of the threats associated with asbestos exposure, one expert has warned.

Terry Baker, chief executive of the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), told that misconceptions continue to contribute to ongoing deaths due to people unknowingly working with the substance.

"The UKATA message as people return to work is to have a safe New Year. For contractors this means using common sense and ensuring you have the right training should you risk coming into contact with asbestos," he urged.

Mr Baker warned that members of the public need to ensure they are vigilant against the threat of asbestos by checking that all contractors are trained by a UKATA member.

The issue was recently highlighted after the HSE found that safety failings by Superior Plumbing Installations may have caused two employees to be exposed to asbestos.

The staff may have been affected by the substance during a refurbishment project on flats in Aberystwyth.  ADNFCR-2754-ID-801519938-ADNFCR


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