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Firms fined after exposing workers to asbestos

7th February 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A housing trust and two lift fitting and removal firms have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after none of them managed to notice that workers and other people were being exposed to asbestos.

Anchor Trust, a London organisation providing care and housing for elderly people, hired two firms to replace an elevator. PC Lifts removed the existing lift, and Express Elevators Ltd installed the new one.

The lift shaft contained asbestos boards. These were removed by PC Lifts, but with no measures in place to stop fibres spreading.

Express Elevators was then provided with conflicting information, and did not make make adequate inquiries about the presence of asbestos.

Between them, the three firms incurred fines of £22,000, and had to pay combined costs of £1,520.10 after the HSE found that none of them had spotted the warning signs and properly dealt with the asbestos.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801691280-ADNFCR


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