Lead poisoning incident underlines safety sign importance
A restoration firm has been fined £10,000 after two of its workers were forced to go to hospital with acute lead poisoning.
Perthshire-based Blairish Restorations failed to identify the presence of lead paint during a project in Strathay over several months during the summer of 2008.
In addition, the firm failed to ensure that precautions such as safety signs were in place while the old paintwork was sanded down and subsequently removed.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was handed the fine at a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court.
"This case is important as it reminds primary contractors of their responsibility and duty of care to others working on the site - even if they are not directly employed by them," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Gary Stimpson.
"Exposure to lead can result in significant and debilitating symptoms such as anaemia, nausea and constipation and even nerve, brain and/or kidney damage."
Scientists have so far been unable to determine an amount of lead which is too small to cause harm to the human body.
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