A company in Bristol has been fined for putting its workers in danger of contracting asbestos-related illnesses while working on a property in the city, which may potentially result in injury compensation claims.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited industrial units where Frank Bruce and Company has organised refurbishment work involving the removal of a large amount of asbestos without taking mandatory safety precautions.
It has been fined GBP 18,000 for breaching asbestos regulations and made to pay GBP 6,679 in costs.
"The work was stopped and the defendant paid to make the site safe, but this doesn’t change the fact that seven construction workers were exposed to asbestos, which we know can cause fatal diseases," HSE inspector Sue Adsett said.
She added that landlords and property developers alike need to be aware of the risks involved where the removal of asbestos is concerned.
Asbestos exposure can lead to a number of work-related illnesses, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and diffuse pleural thickening.