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Builder to face industrial disease claims?

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