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Local residents reported demolition contractor who failed to implement and Asbestos Demolition Survey

Local residents in the Wimbledon Chase tube station area raised the alarm when they noticed that workers on a nearby site were smashing up asbestos containing materials (ACM’s), dropping the material from a great height and leaving it littering the site. Further concerns were raised as the site, which was near to a school, was […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 25, 2012

Family fight for justice over asbestos related death of former Watford joiner

The family of a former Watford joiner, who died of an asbestos-related cancer, are fighting for justice for their father by urging former colleagues to come forward with further information. Grandfather-of-eight Michael Wareham from Rickmansworth, died in May 2010 aged 73 of mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 23, 2012

Asbestos find at school hits relocation plans for Council with asbestos already in Town Hall

A Walthamstow Council has been criticised regarding asbestos in public buildings following revelations over the discovery of the toxic fibre in a school. The authority is already under investigation by the government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over its handling of the problem in Waltham Forest Town Hall, and now details have now emerged of how a […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 19, 2012

HSE charges £124 an hour for safety inspectors visits

Controversial plans came into force on 1st October 2012 to charge contractors £124-an-hour for visits by safety inspectors. The Fee for the intervention scheme will see the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recover costs from companies caught breaking the law. An hourly charge of £124 for HSE inspectors time investigating and taking enforcement action. The […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 18, 2012

Asbestos report into asbestos at all Welsh Schools ordered

Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced that all schools in Wales must deliver reports on their asbestos levels by next week. The decision came after Cwmcarn High School in the Welsh Caerphilly County closed unexpectedly recently due to asbestos concerns. The school management team became aware of the concerns when a company visited the school […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 17, 2012

Wokingham business fined after exposing two subcontractors

A Wokingham business has been fined for serious safety failings after two subcontractors were exposed to asbestos fibres while undertaking work at Reading University. Gardner Mechanical Services Ltd were contracted to undertake a mechanical services upgrade in a room at the University. They hired a Newbury-based contractor to undertake the project, who then in turn […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 11, 2012

Dawn raids lead to arrests for suspect illegal asbestos dumping

The Country’s biggest ever probe into illegal asbestos dumping has climaxed in dawn raids which saw ten people arrested and released on conditional bail pending further enquiries until a date in January 2013. The operation involved sixty Environment Agency investigators, supported by Avon and Somerset Police, raiding several sites as part of ‘Operation Durable’. The […]

Read the full article | Published Oct 02, 2012
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