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Fine for stained glass artist after lead poisoning incident

11th February 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

An incident of lead poisoning has led to a business owner being prosecuted, after it was revealed that he was aware that his employees were at risk. David Sear, owner of Lincolnshire Stained Glass, ignored clear warning signs of lead poisoning in his employees.

David Doherty, who restored windows for the firm, was taken to hospital after suffering from illnesses, infections, depression, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping.

A nurse spotted the warning signs of lead poisoning and tested his blood. It was found to contain seven times the normal amount of lead.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mr Sear had been aware his employees were at risk since a 2005 blood test.

The HSE prosecuted, charging Mr Sear with breaching Regulation 6(1) of the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 between January 16th 2010 and October 13th 2011. He pleaded guilty, and was fined £18,000 with another £18,000 to pay in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801692119-ADNFCR


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