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Lincolnshire firm in court following asthma risk

16th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

An agricultural machinery manufacturer has been fined after workers were put in danger of developing asthma. 

Grantham Magistrates' Court heard that Marston Agricultural Services enabled trailers to be sprayed with isocyanate-containing paint without analysing the dangers and protecting workers from the chemical's effects.

The firm was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay a further £13,420 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.

HSE inspector Emma Madeley said: "Breathing in isocyanate paint mist can cause asthma and paint sprayers are about 80 times more likely to get asthma than the average worker. Continued exposure may lead to permanent and severe asthma for which there is no cure."

Ms Madeley went on to say that sufferers became unable to use common household chemicals in some cases.

The HSE has released information on how to control isocyanate exposure in spray booths online.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801650017-ADNFCR


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