Prosecution prompts fresh asbestos warning

Employers have been reminded of the injury compensation claims and fines they may face if they fail to ensure an asbestos-free workplace, following the prosecution of a company in Swansea.

Vale Inco Europe was fined GBP12,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 28,000 after it emerged that the company had not carried out an interior asbestos survey on the site.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Andrew Knowles said Vale Inco Europe failed to assume that asbestos would be present in the furnace on the site until it could be proved that it was not.

"Another important aspect was the failure to provide asbestos awareness training for employees, which is a specific requirement where asbestos may be present in a workplace," he commented.

Last month ECG Building Maintenance, a building contractor in Fife, was prosecuted and fined after it was discovered that people working for the company had attempted to remove asbestos without the proper training.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19304908-ADNFCR

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