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Directors put their employees at risk of asbestos during 2.4m contract to transform Joplings store

Directors of Keebar Construction Ltd, James Keegan, 65, and Alan Barraclough, 51, who took on a £2.4m contract to transform a department store into student accommodation have been convicted of putting their employees at potentially fatal risk from asbestos.

The crown court in Newcastle discovered that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site in October 2017, several months after work had begun, subsequently stopping the construction after discovering multiple workers had been exposed to asbestos.

A prosecutor for the HSE, James Patrick McKeon, told the court (held in recent weeks)......

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Roofers and builders reminded to follow duty of care (GOV.UK)

The Environment Agency (EA) is reminding construction professionals in Devon and Cornwall to take more care when making decisions regarding potentially dangerous waste disposal. The reminder comes after EA officers uncovered a considerable amount of asbestos waste at a site in the Southwest. The operator of the site was subsequently arrested by the police and questioned, before being released.

As we try to make clear through our blogs and courses here at CCUK, asbestos and other hazardous wastes require disposal by specialist contractors. Too often sites can illegally and un-safely handle......

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Waltham Forest Council worker's town hall asbestos exposure

A former council employee at Waltham Forest has been paid over £200,000 in compensation after he was wrongfully exposed to asbestos in the Town Hall for over 10 years. The man, not named at the request of his family, was an administrative worker for the council and has unfortunately since died from cancer linked to inhaling asbestos fibres during his employment.

The employee was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in 2018 and hence filed a claim for compensation to the council soon after. Despite initially denying several aspects of the claim,......

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Family’s plea for details on how engineer who died of asbestos cancer was exposed

Stuart Raggett, 76, died of mesothelioma in June 2021 as a result of exposure to asbestos materials while working as an engineer. His family have since launched an investigation, hoping to discover exactly how and when Stuart came into contact with the fatal material. Foremost, the family is appealing for Stuarts former colleagues to come forward and provide any information they have which may help their case. Mr Raggett worked at Springfield psychiatric hospital in Tooting, from 1968 to 1969, King George V Hospital in Godalming, between 1969 and 1971, and St Luke’s......

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Set 40 year deadline for non-domestic building asbestos removal, MPs say

A report from the Work and Pensions Committee highlights this week how, despite being banned more than two decades ago, asbestos remains the single greatest cause of work-related fatalities in the UK. For example, in 2019 alone there were over 5000 reported deaths directly related to cancers such as mesothelioma. As a result MPs are stating this week that the Government must commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within 40 years.

With asbestos still in around 300,000 non-domestic buildings the......

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Memorial Project Launched to Mark Asbestos Awareness Week

To commemorate hundreds of UK teachers who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos a long lasting memorial is being built.

This week is Asbestos Awareness Week, running from April 1 to April 7, Acorn Analytical Services has fundraised and contributed to the memorial project. The aim of the project is to highlight the issue of asbestos in UK schools and the danger it poses to staff and children alike. This aim is on the back of National Education Union releasing a study, which found more than 200 teachers......

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Over 30,000 Council Buildings Found tContain Asbestos

This week new research has revealed an extraordinary amount of council buildings in England alone, contain potentially dangerous level of asbestos. A national law firm, Stephensons Solicitors LLP, carried out first-hand research and concluded that over 30,000 buildings owned by councils in England contain asbestos.

Out of 333 council organisations in England Stephenson’s sent an information request too, 253 responded confirming they own or manage at least one building where the substance is present.

A spokesperson for the personal injury department at Stephensons, Danielle Callaway, said: ‘I’m sure many people will be......

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Court Papers Reveal UK Asbestos Manufacturer withheld Information

Cape, one of the UK’s biggest manufacturers of asbestos historically withheld information on risks posed by asbestos, playing down the dangers, whist simultaneously encouraging the government to alter product warnings laws in order to suit their business goals, according to documents released after a lengthy court battle. According to the recently released documents, one of their partner companies were considering a warning label for asbestos products back in 1958, but were advised against it by Cape as they said that “a caution label on our products and none on would make......

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Alban Arena Due to Open in Spring After Asbestos Closure

The Alban Arena, located in St Albans, Hertfordshire is "on schedule to reopen in the late spring", the district council for the area has said.

This follows the closure of the building, halting their pantomime run for performances of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs back in December. Which we covered along with the repair costs here on our blog, to read more click here.

In their statement the St Albans City and District Council have said that they expect work to be finished on the venue later......

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BBC Payout to Families of Former Employees Over Asbestos Related Deaths

Following a freedom of information request by the Observer newspaper it has been revealed that the BBC has paid £1.64m in damages after 11 previous members of staff died due to asbestos related diseases that were contracted because of their work in BBC buildings that were covered in the deadly material.

These payments were made to the families of the former staff members who had worked as make-up artists, engineers, riggers, set builders, studio managers and television producers at the corporation across many different BBC buildings up and down the country......

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