21 February 2012
Property manager to face industrial disease claims?
Workers at a factory in Cardiff may decide to pursue industrial disease claims after it emerged a property manager failed to protect them from exposure to asbestos.
An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that Richard Hayward had not properly managed the risk posed by the potentially-lethal substance at one of his premises on the Penygraig Industrial Estate.
Mr Hayward managed this property on behalf of Guinevere Holdings and a case at Pontypridd Magistrates' Court heard that there was insulation board containing the material present at the workplace.
Therefore, between 2005 and 2008, the employees of three companies who leased the space during this time may have been exposed to asbestos.
Lee Schilling, inspector at the HSE, commented: "The dangers of asbestos are well known in the property management industry."
This comes after Ian Lavery MP called on the government to conduct a nationwide review into asbestos levels in schools across the UK.
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Posted by Francesca Witney
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