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Property firm owned by billionaire faces fine after exposing builder during work on a grade II listed building!

The Daily Mail has reported on an asbestos exposure by a company owned by one of Britain’s richest families

A property investment firm owned by one of Britain’s richest families if facing a hefty fine after a builder was exposed to asbestos while working on a Grade II listed building.

Cadogan Estates admitted failing to manage the risk of the deadly substance at Rosetti Studios, Flood Street, Chelsea.

It is owned by Earl Cadogan – whose has a net worth of £5.53billion, according to Forbes.

Prosecutor Harry Vann, said: ‘The initial uncontrolled release took place in the summer of 2015 in Studio 6.

‘Waughman Limited subcontracted this work and a man unwittingly broke into asbestos material which put others at risk.’

But the worker who was exposed to the material has ‘so far shown no signs of illness’, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

Cadogan Estates are waiting for their expert to assess the risk, in the type of asbestos and the number of people who may have been exposed when the material was ‘put in a bag and moved elsewhere.’

District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe, said: ‘It is not simply a fall or something that is very easy to see, there are issues and there are concerns with asbestos because of the way it goes through the atmosphere.

‘It does need some opportunity for the defendant to have that input.’

Rosetti Studios, a Grade II listed building, was originally occupied by the Chelsea Art School.

Cadogan Estates and E&J Waughman Limited, an electrical installations company, both admitted failing to ensure or carry out an assessment into the presence of asbestos in the building.

E&J Waughman, whose owner Edward Waughman appeared in court, admitted a further charge of failing to ensure health and safety of an employee.

Sentence was adjourned until June 13, so Cadogan Estates can serve an expert report.

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Manufacturing company and contractor fined after failing to prevent exposure to Asbestos

It is important if unsure of how to safely carry out non-licensed work involving asbestos to either refer to Asbestos essentials or contact a competent individual within the industry. The HSE have reported on a recent case of failing to prevent exposure.

A manufacturing company and contractor have been prosecuted after failing to prevent exposure of workers and others to asbestos whilst cleaning an asbestos cement roof.

Carter Brothers (Rochdale) Ltd contracted Frank Allan, trading as ‘Jet Blast and Maintenance,’ to clean its premises including the asbestos cement roof in September 2016.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that the work to clean the roof was unnecessary and had not been agreed in advance with the landlord of the property.

A Health Safety Executive investigation found that the contractor had failed to identify the risks involved. There were insufficient measures put in place to prevent exposure to asbestos when using an industrial high pressure jet washer to clean a fragile asbestos cement roof. Asbestos was subsequently found in debris around the premises.

Carter Brothers did not select a suitable contractor and did not monitor or supervise the work being carried out by Frank Allan on the roof. If the work was required, the company should have employed a specialist contractor with access to specialist cleaning equipment.

Carter Brothers (Rochdale) Ltd of Fieldhouse Industrial Estate, Rochdale pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £8000 with £3913.94 costs.

Frank Allan T/A Jet Blast and Maintenance of Union Road, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6 and 11 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £330 with £3910.94 costs.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Lisa Bailey said:: “The case highlights the importance of following the advice and guidance that is freely available from HSE to prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos to members of the public and workers. Asbestos can cause serious diseases and still kills around 5000 workers per year. If the appropriate control measures had been taken then workers and members of the public would not have been put at risk”

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On all Hallows Eve we thought we would share this old spooky Hammer House Horror video release by the HSE as part of their 2010 Asbestos Hidden Killer Campaign.

On all Hallows Eve we thought we would share this old spooky Hammer House Horror video release by the HSE as part of their 2010 Asbestos Hidden Killer Campaign. The HSE’s hammer horror video from their recent Hidden Killer Campaign reminds us of the dangers of Asbestos in the workplace.

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Young woman fights Mesothelioma aged just 23 after coming into contact with Asbestos as a child

Woman faces difficult battle with Mesothelioma after coming into contact with Asbestos as a child. The Daily Mail have interviewed her

A 23-year-old woman has developed an asbestos-linked cancer that usually affects elderly males who have worked as builders.

Danielle Smalley faces ‘hot’ chemotherapy that will leave her infertile and the only explanation she can offer for the condition is that she unwittingly ate asbestos when she was a child.

The client relationship manager from Aldershot in Hampshire didn’t even know what the banned heat-resistant substance was until her diagnosis.

‘It’s been such a shock,’ she told the Daily Mirror. ‘I didn’t even know what asbestos was.

‘The type of mesothelioma I have means I’ve ingested it. I could have eaten something at a friend’s house, or in an old shed in the park.

‘It takes 20 years to have an effect, I’d have been two or three when I had it. It’s rare in women, rarer at my age. Usually it’s older men in the building trade.

‘We looked up my primary school, but didn’t find anything. It’s unlikely we’ll ever find out where the asbestos was.

‘I’ve just been incredibly unlucky.’

She faces having her ovaries frozen in one of three similar cases since 2009, with the condition usually affecting male builders aged over 75.

Mother Amanda, 47, and father Simon, 51, who run an alarm-fitting firm, have never knowingly come into contact with the substance, which was banned in 1999.

Doctors at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey discovered tumours behind Danielle’s bowel, after first suspecting irritable bowel syndrome.

Danielle’s organs will be ‘washed’ with heated chemotherapy drugs as she faces surgery to remove the tumours.

She has moved out of her Aldershot home to live with boyfriend Jack in Basingstoke.

‘I’m really scared,’ she said. ‘Am I going to survive? Am I going to be able to have children?

‘Having children isn’t something I thought I’d have to consider at this age. I’m glad I have enough time to freeze my eggs and have that option.

‘My family and my boyfriend have been with my every step. He’s amazing and just says he loves me no matter what.’

There have been just two other cases of the cancer in under-25s since 2009 and more than half of cases hit males over 75.

Cancer Research UK’s Dr Jasmine Just said just five in 100 men survive the cancer for five years or more.

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Director and company fined after unlicensed asbestos removal

Asbestos removal contractor found to be removing Asbestos in an unsafe manner! The HSE has reported on their investigation.

A Wiltshire based asbestos removal company and one of its Directors have been sentenced after removing licensable asbestos materials in an unsafe manner.

Winchester Crown Court heard that on 8 March 2013 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) received a concern from an employee of a construction company hired to demolish the Forresters Respite Centre in Hythe.

Sarum Asbestos Limited (SAL) had been contracted to conduct an asbestos survey and then arrange for the removal of any identified asbestos material before demolition work could begin on site.

An investigation by the HSE found that Sarum Asbestos Ltd had undertaken similar work in other locations and failed to ensure that this work with asbestos was undertaken in a safe manner by competent personnel. They also failed to undertake further testing on these sites to ensure that the asbestos had been removed safely and as a result placed workers at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres, as well as putting members of the public at risk.

The investigation also found the company’s Director, Jeremy Uphill, ignored the legal requirements for the licensed removal of asbestos containing material.

Sarum Asbestos Limited of Pound Lane, Charlton All Saints, Wiltshire pleaded guilty to the six charges:

  • Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for the work conducted at Forresters Respite Centre. These charges concern risks to their own operatives and members of the public.
  • The company also pleaded guilty to the same charges for work conducted at Corsham Police Station.
  • Sarum Asbestos Ltd also pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 11 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for work conducted at Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth, regarding a failure to control personal exposures to asbestos.
  • It also admitted the same charge for work conducted at Camberwell Reform Church in London.

At Salisbury Crown Court the company has been fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £31,000.

Jeremy Uphill of Boyds Road, Pimperne, Dorset also pleaded guilty to the same six charges, and was given a total of six months imprisonment suspended for two years.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Adam Wycherley said: “Both the company and Director have failed to protect their workers and members of the public on a number of occasions and as a result placed them at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

“Work with the material the company identified should have been subcontracted to a qualified Licensed asbestos removal company.

“Around 3000 people a year die from asbestos related disease and it is a well-known risk within the construction industry, there is no excuse for putting people at risk when the hazards can be controlled with careful management during work with asbestos containing materials.”

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Waste removal contractor fined after asbestos concerns

Waste Removal contractor not being fully compliant! The HSE has reported on a recent investigation.

A waste removal contractor from Bridgend has been sentenced after undertaking asbestos removal work at two locations without being licensed to do so.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how, on two occasions 1 September and 7 November 2016 Mark John Gibson, who advertised as an asbestos removal service, was contracted to remove asbestos containing materials from properties in Pont Y Clun and Dyffryn Chapel, Caerau.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Gibson (trading as All-Gone Waste) worked with asbestos containing materials that required him to have a licence from the HSE. He did not and has never had a licence issued to him for this purpose.

Mark John Gibson of High View, Bridgend pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 8 (1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and Regulations 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He has been fined £1500.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2657.00

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Phil Nicolle said: “Mr Gibson undertook asbestos removal work which he was not licensed to do.

“Asbestos removal must be done by HSE licensed contractors to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent health risks to employees and members of public.”

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Wigan Contractor Fined for Exposing Family to Asbestos

Another UK business fined for not doing enough to prevent Asbestos exposure. The HSE has reported on the recent court case,

A Wigan building contractor has appeared in court after exposing a homeowner and her family to asbestos while carrying out a garage conversion.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Anthony McGrath, trading as Winstanley Construction, carried out  asbestos removal work during the conversion when he was not licenced to do so and failed to carry out this work in a safe manner resulting in asbestos contamination in the ground floor of the house.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident at Bassett Grove, Wigan found Mr McGrath had removed Asbestos Insulating Board ceiling panels from the garage, broken them up, and placed them in the garden for several days.  When the home owner queried what the boards were, she was told it was asbestos, but they were safe and would be removed soon.

After ringing the local council the home owner then contacted a licensed asbestos removal contractor who confirmed that the boards were Asbestos Insulating Board and should be removed under controlled conditions.  Asbestos contamination was found in several areas of the house and the householder was unable to re-enter the house for more than a week while a clean-up operation costing in excess of £12,000 was carried out.

Anthony McGrath of Winstanley Road, Billinge, Wigan pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and Regulation 8 (1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.He was fined £475 for each breach and ordered to pay a compensation order of £7,500.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector David Norton said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies and individuals should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.

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Companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos

The HSE has reported on a recent case,

Three companies have been fined a total of more than £1m after workers were exposed to asbestos while refurbishing a school in Waltham Forest.

Southwark Crown Court heard that on 24 July 2012 a worker removed part of a suspended ceiling in one of the ground floor refurbished rooms at St Mary’s school and identified suspect asbestos containing materials. Asbestos fibres were subsequently found in numerous areas in the school.

The court heard that the London Borough of Waltham Forest had a contract with NPS London Limited to manage development and refurbishment of its estate. At the time of the incident the Principal Contractor for the work was Mansell Construction Services (aka Balfour Beatty) and the subcontractor was Squibb Group Limited.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that although an asbestos survey was completed, there were multiple caveats and disclaimers which were not appropriately checked.

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited (previously Mansell Construction Services Limited) of Canary Wharf, London was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £32,364.84 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

NPS London Limited, of Business Park Norwich, Norfolk was fined £370,000 and ordered to pay £32,364.84 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Squibb Group Limited, of Stanford Le Hope, Essex was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £175,000 after being found guilty after a trial of a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sarah Robinson said: “The principal contractor and contractors on site did not review the survey report in detail, and did not take into consideration the multitude of caveats.

“Therefore the work undertaken did not adopt the high standards of control expected for working where there was the potential to expose workers to asbestos.”

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Film Icon Steve McQueen’s Legacy Lives on in his Wife’s Fight to Ban Asbestos

The Huffington Post has written,

Steve McQueen, the ‘King of Cool,’ famously jumped motorcycles, raced cars, and generally did things that seem unjustifiably dangerous to the average Joe.

But it wasn’t his daredevil stunts that killed Steve at just 50 years old — it was asbestos.

Barbara Minty McQueen had just a few short years with Steve before mesothelioma dashed her future with her husband, her ‘pal,’ the object of her love at first sight. She was devastated, but like the badass widow she is, Barbi channeled her heartbreak and anger into action and began fighting hard against Steve’s killer.

Barbara has made a great impact and brought an overwhelming amount of attention to the cause through her book – “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile,” published in 2007, which documents their three-and-a-half-year relationship with candid shots from 1977 to 1980, including some from the months leading up to his death. The revised edition, “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile… revisited,” features a page about mesothelioma and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to raise further awareness. Her book has been presented at numerous international conferences, and even to First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I think he would think that’s wonderful. That he could use his death, his celebrity, for something to help people open their eyes,” Barbi said in 2012, when Steve was posthumously honored with the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Tribute Award. “I think he’d be very proud to be a part of it.”

Now, she’s bringing the message to an even wider audience with the release of a new book examining Steve’s life, “Steve McQueen: the Salvation of an American Icon.” Published just last year, this book was a join project between Marshal Terrill, who coauthored “The Last Mile,” and Greg Laurie, founder of the Harvest Christian Fellowship and the upcoming Harvest America festival on June 11.

Barbi will be speaking at this year’s Harvest America festival in the University of Phoenix stadium, which boasts more than 63,000 seats. Barbi’s speech will also be broadcast to millions of viewers watching the live stream of the festival from churches, theatres, and living rooms around the globe.

As ADAO’s Celebrity Board co-chair for years, Barbi has been using her voice to spread awareness and education, but partnering with the Harvest network brings asbestos awareness to a massive new audience. Millions of people have attended Harvest events and using social media, they have connected with 150,000 just on Twitter.

Steve once said, “When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.” What Barbi believes is that no one should have their life or their love needlessly stolen by asbestos, and she is taking Steve’s lead and fighting like hell to make asbestos-caused diseases a thing of the past.

Steve’s story offers us an important reminder: Asbestos does not discriminate. Asbestos is so often stereotyped as a blue-collar concern, but the truth is without a ban, we are all at risk of exposure — everyone from miners, to housewives, to Congressmen, to movie stars and rock stars and everyone in between.

Construction company fined three quarters of a million pounds after asbestos failings

The HSE have reported on a recent investigation they have

Barroerock Construction Limited has been fined after repeated asbestos failings.

Canterbury Crown Court heard yesterday how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out two investigations of working practices of the site in 2013 and 2014 while Barroerock were converting into flats a former nine storey office building in Ashford, Kent, which was known to contain asbestos.

The first investigation arose from a routine inspection during one of HSE’s refurbishment campaigns. The Court was told that while a refurbishment and demolition (R&D) survey had been carried out the company had failed to act upon it. This resulted in up to 40 workers being exposed to asbestos during the early demolition phase of the project.

The second investigation culminated in a visit to the site in June 2014 following complaints being made about the health and safety practices at the site. It was found that despite engaging a licensed asbestos contractor to remove the remaining asbestos materials, dangerous practices were continuing. In addition the company was unable to provide documentation to show that asbestos materials identified in the survey had been correctly removed. When the work on site was halted for the second time about 160 people were working inside the building.

It was found in both HSE investigations that these incidents could have been prevented if Barroerock ensured they had effective management controls in place to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Barroerock Construction Limited of Langley House Park Road, East Finchley, London, who had pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching Regulation 22 (1) (a) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 at an earlier hearing, has been fined £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,874.68.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said: “The company’s failings in this case has put many workers at risk to the exposure of asbestos.

“It was clear there was an endemic failure to effectively manage the construction work on the site in a way which ensured that asbestos materials were not disturbed until removed under appropriate conditions. Failing to prevent the breathing in of asbestos fibres on the site is reckless.”

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