Numerous claims for personal injury compensation may be lodged against a company after it was revealed that workers were put at risk of contracting asbestos-related illnesses in the line of duty.
Southampton-based contracting firm CLC was found to have exposed several of its employees to material containing the potentially lethal substance - which can cause diseases that affect the respiratory system such as asbestosis and mesothelioma - during a renovation project.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the group of workers came into contact with asbestos while working on the refurbishment of three student blocks at Plymouth's College of St Mark and St John.
The affected workers began operating in an area of these constructions that had not been cleared of the substance and CLC has now admitted breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, meaning that compensation claims may be forthcoming.
Barry Trudgian, HSE inspector, observed: "This incident could have been avoided if an adequate risk assessment had been made before the work started and communicated clearly to the workforce."
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett