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An electrician who was exposed to asbestos during various employments in the ship and submarine building industry has died. Roland Hutchinson had devoted his life after retirement to Chaddesen Social Club and raisning awarness for bowel cancer. His daughter, Elaine Fazekas, said ‘my dad was my closest friend and I miss him dearly’.
Mr. Hutchinson was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma last year, which is closely liked to exposure to asbestos dust. The 76 year old started his employment as an electrician apprentice and had a variety of employers throughout his career including Lancashire Shipbuilders, Rolls-Royce, Qualcast and the Merchant Navy.
An inquest into the death heard that Mr. Hutchinson has been exposed to asbestos during his working life and a verdict of industrial disease was recorded. It was heard that a successful claim for compensation for the exposure to asbestos in his early career as an apprentice had been made.
Attitudes towards asbestos have changed greatly in recent years and the regulations which protect from asbestos inhalation reflect this. The Duty to Manage Asbestos was introduced in 2002 and enforced from 2004. It aplies to non-domestic buildings and communal areas of domestic and states that the persons with maintenance and repair responsibilities must appoint Duty Holder. This Duty Holder must then identify asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) including the amount and condition, compile and keep register, assess risk of exposure, prepare plan to manage risk and inform relevant people of the ACM’s.
The identification of ACM’s is facilitated by the undertaking of an asbestos survey. This can be to manage asbestos or prior to a refurbishment or demolition of a property. Here at Armco we have fully trained and time served surveyors who will implement a survey and provide you with a report within 2 – 4 working days depending on the size of the property. Contact the Armco office on 0161 763 3727 for a competitive quote.
Published May 24, 2012