02 May 2012
Builder to face industrial disease claims?
Industrial disease claims could be made against a builder after it emerged he had put fellow workers at risk of coming into contact with asbestos.
Self-employed professional Stuart Pearson was working on the demolition of a house in Woking, Surrey, in April 2011 before the groundwork was then laid for a replacement property.
However, an investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) subsequently found he had breached the Control of Asbestos Regulations because he failed to carry out a survey for the potentially-lethal substance prior to starting the project.
Within the case made against Mr Pearson, it was revealed that a previous owner had an asbestos management survey of one area of the house done, which found there was a "high risk" of the material being there.
Russell Beckett of the HSE observed: "Before any demolition work is undertaken a survey must be carried out to identify any asbestos present and prevent exposure to anyone working on site and to those who subsequently process the waste."
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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