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HSE warms firms over asbestos after company is fined

HSE warms firms over asbestos after company is fined
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned employers to take adequate precautions when removing asbestos after a company was fined £12,000.

Bloom Environmental, an asbestos removal company, was found guilty of health and safety breaches by a judge at Halesowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday October 2nd.

The prosecution comes after a routine inspection in November 2006 by the HSE of a business premises in Halesowen where employees of the firm were removing asbestos prior to the building's demolition.

The inspector found that five of the company's workers were not taking proper precautions, contravening regulations that govern the control of the substance.

Following his discoveries, work was stopped and a prohibition notice was issued.

HSE inspector Tony Woodward commented: "Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related disease, which kills over 3,500 people a year - more than any other single work-related illness."