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Workers exposed to asbestos during school window replacement

14th February 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A Suffolk window replacement company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after exposing employees to dangerous asbestos without even informing them they would be handling the material.

Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd (FCDL) was contracted by Westley Middle School to remove asbestos panels in window units at the school. However, the company was not licensed to work with asbestos.

Employees were not told they would be working with the dangerous material and so no preparation could occur, such as putting up warning signs and performing a risk assessment.

The school's headteacher and several FCDL employees alerted the HSE after spotting asbestos fibres. HSE inspector Elizabeth Fowle said: "All of this could have been avoided if the company had simply asked, ‘Should we be doing this work with asbestos?’"

FCDL was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay £10,571 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching regulations 8(1) and 11(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801693647-ADNFCR


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