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A New Way To Remove Asbestos?
A novel approach to safety left this firm in hot water…

A Suffolk contractor has been fined after workers who were exposed to dangerous Asbestos fibres were provided with just BABY WIPES and a hose to decontaminate themselves at a farm building job.

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An HSE investigation also found that LJW Cladding Ltd didn’t even have an Asbestos removal licence in the first place!

None of the workers involved had received appropriate training in the removal of the hazardous substance and were also in danger of falling whilst removing the boards at heights of up to four metres.

The Magistrates Court in Chelmsford heard that the Asbestos insulation boards were broken from their fixings and attempts to prevent the release of fibres were wholly inadequate.

Workers remained in their potentially contaminated overalls during lunch breaks and also went home in them each night potentially taking the deadly Asbestos fibres with them.

LJW Cladding Ltd was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £3365.50 in costs plus a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty to several Health and Safety breaches.

On the Tools wants to know if you’ve ever found yourself in danger due to your firms shortcuts?