Companies have been given a warning of the dangers of asbestos after a Stockport firm was fined following a breach of safety regulations.
Industry and Commercial Building Services (ICBS) Ltd of Stockport and its managing director, Kevin Bennett, were each fined GBP 2,000 after it was discovered that its employees had come into contact with asbestos.
ICBS was hired by Recon Packaging recycling plant to demolish part of its premises in Miles Platting, which contained large amounts of asbestos.
However, ICBS failed to carry out a site assessment on the building and was not license to remove the substance.
"Asbestos is the single biggest industrial killer in Britain and the control measures on this site were totally inadequate," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Stuart Kitchingman.
"The demolition workers were exposed to unacceptable levels of asbestos fibres."
It follows reports in the London Evening Standard that a GBP 85 million injury compensation fund for asbestos victims has been set up by the London Pensions Fund Authority.