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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]