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Company fined for asbestos exposure

28th January 2010 | Warning Signs

A Bristol company has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos, which illustrates the importance of using health and safety signs.

Frank Bruce and Company, of St George in Bristol, pleaded guilty at Bristol magistrates court as a result of refurbishment work at Lawrence Hill Industrial Park in the city during February and March 2009.

The company had organised refurbishment work at industrial units which involved removing large quantities of asbestos insulation board, but an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the firm had not taken the statutory safety precautions.

HSE inspector Sue Adsett commented: "The work was stopped and the defendant paid to make the site safe, but this doesn't change the fact that seven construction workers were exposed to asbestos, which we know can cause fatal diseases."

Meanwhile, Chris Gillies, a principal inspector for the HSE, recently pointed out that the number of deaths from asbestos continues to rise each year and it is imperative that firms take action to stop this from continuing, such as installing warning signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19583238-ADNFCR



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