Work accident compensation – Building firm fined over asbestos exposure

A London building firm has been fined after an accident at work led to workers being exposed to asbestos-containing materials.

Fadil Adil, of Coniston Road, Bromley, was fined GBP 19,300 and ordered to pay GBP 7,654 in costs at the City of London Magistrates’ Court after pleaded guilty to breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution for the way work was carried out on a construction site he was in charge of, on Bromley High Street between June 21st and 29th 2010.

HSE inspector Ian Seabrook said: “Sadly, this kind of incident is all too familiar because the defendant’s actions meant that his colleagues were more than likely exposed to asbestos fibres.

“The dangers of asbestos are well known; it is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK with around 1,000 tradesmen dying each year from asbestos-related diseases.

Marks & Spencer and three of its contractors were recently fined for putting members of the public, staff and construction workers at risk of exposure to asbestos-containing materials during the refurbishment of two stores in Reading and Bournemouth.

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Work accident compensation – Building firm fined over asbestos exposure

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