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Category: Asbestos

Free-to-download Safety Wizard app

Friday, February 20, 2015

A developer has launched a free-to-download health and safety app to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) manage common workplace risks. The ‘SME Safety Wizard app’ is structured around HSE’s Toolbox guidance.

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HSE responds to criticism of its ‘Beware Asbestos’ campaign from the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA)

Friday, February 20, 2015

HSE is surprised and disappointed that the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) appears to be arguing for the removal of free advice aimed at those who might otherwise remain unaware of the risks they face with regards to asbestos.

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Suffolk company in court for unsafe asbestos removal

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Suffolk building company has been fined after removing asbestos insulation board without a licence and failing to protect its workers from falls of up to four metres at a farm building in Waltham, Essex.

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Football legend Stuart Pearce fears risk of deadly asbestos

Friday, January 30, 2015

England football star Stuart Pearce is blowing the whistle on asbestos after revealing he could have breathed in the deadly dust while working part time as an electrician during his early football career.  

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Businessman fined for asbestos failure in Colwyn Bay

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A businessman allowed the spread of asbestos in an industrial building by not employing licensed contractors to remove the potentially deadly material, a court has heard.

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North Devon housing company and contractor put workers’ at risk

Monday, January 19, 2015

Workers carrying out extensive boiler renovations on houses in Ilfracombe were exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos because of failures by a two local companies.

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Northamptonshire firms fined for asbestos failings

Monday, December 22, 2014

Two Northamptonshire firms have been fined after a routine safety inspection revealed serious asbestos-related failings.

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Kent firm and director in court over ‘appalling’ site safety

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Kent construction company and its managing director have been prosecuted after both displayed a ‘shocking disregard’ for workers’ safety at a demolition site in Surrey.

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Contractor fined for potential asbestos risk

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A County Durham contractor has been sentenced after illegally removing asbestos from a garage, putting himself, other workers and the householder at risk of exposure.

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Health & Safety Newsletter: Autumn edition available – subscribe for free

Friday, November 14, 2014

Inside: Beware asbestos – HSE launches new campaign to tackle the biggest workplace killer and Myth Busters Panel has a beef with burger van man… plus other myths, and much more. Subscribe today and receive free notifications when new Newsletter editions are published.

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Forty per cent of construction sites fail health and safety spot-checks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HSE is urging the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative found 40 per cent of sites failing to properly protect workers.

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Barnet building business turns ‘blind eye’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Barnet building firm has been fined after it ‘turned a blind eye’ to potential asbestos hazards being faced by its workers, who were converting an old pub in Victoria Road into flats.

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1.3 million tradespeople at risk from dangers of asbestos

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, could come into contact with deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year* according to a new survey commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)**. 

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Safer sites – targeted inspection initiative September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

‘Health as well as safety’ is the message during this year’s Construction Initiative as poor standards and unsafe practices on Britain’s building sites are targeted. From 22 September until 17 October, HSE Construction Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

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Hove firm prosecuted after flouting asbestos laws

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work.

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Brothers given custodial sentence for exposing workers to asbestos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two Stoke-on-Trent brothers with little or no experience of building and construction work have been given prison sentences after they exposed workers to asbestos.

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NHS Trust in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire. 

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57th North West Safety Conference and Exhibition – Preston, 10 September 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘Striving for Good Health and Safety’ will target occupational health issues. Subjects covered include asbestos, exposure to harmful dusts and fumes, PPE selection and stress and wellbeing.

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Asbestos: ignore it at your peril – Harrogate, 3 September 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This free event will help you identify, manage and control exposure to Asbestos, protecting the health of yourself, employees, contractors/workmen and the public.

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Directors and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Hartlepool firm and two of its directors have been fined along with a second company after redundant steel work was removed, putting workers at risk of exposure to asbestos.

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