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Asbestos removal firm to face industrial disease claims?

Asbestos removal firm to face industrial disease claims?

Industrial disease claims could be launched against a licensed contractor after it emerged the firm had put workers at risk of coming into contact with asbestos.

AG&M, a company that specialises in the removal of the potentially-lethal substance, has been fined after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) started legal proceedings against it due to safety failings committed during a job in January last year.

An investigation by the HSE established that the firm had not maintained respiratory masks and a proper decontamination unit for employees working on a refurbishment project in Warwickshire.

For instance, the shower in the decontamination area could not be used by workers who had finished their shift as the water system was frozen because the organisation did not conduct daily inspections of the facilities.

Jo Anderson, principal inspector at the HSE, commented: "It is unacceptable to allow such failings. As a licensed asbestos removal contractor, the company was fully aware of its responsibilities."

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Posted by Francesca Witney