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Firm's asbestos failings highlight safety signs importance

10th March 2011 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

A refurbishment company has been fined for exposing members of the public to asbestos in a village in Leicestershire.

Shengxuan Company was converting a shop in Castle Donington into a restaurant in June last year, Loughborough Magistrates' Court heard.

As part of this work the firm was converting a garage into a storeroom but in doing so employees disturbed materials that contained asbestos. This material was then put in a skip by workers.

A member of the public, with experience in the asbestos industry, spotted the materials when walking past and reported it to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE's investigation found the firm had not made its workers aware of the dangers of asbestos and had not given them any training.

Shengxuan was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,100.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sam Russell said: "The company had a duty to protect its employees and the public from exposure to asbestos, yet failed in that duty."

He added that current health and safety statistics show that more people are dying as a result of asbestos-related diseases than are killed in accidents at work.

Recently, a leaked letter obtained by the BBC suggested that the HSE is planning to reduce its unannounced visits to sites by a third.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800453853-ADNFCR



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