Worcestershire firms fined over accident at work

Two Hall Green-based businesses have been fined after an accident at work led to workers being exposed to asbestos fibres.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found several failings during works to refurbish offices in the centre of Birmingham.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how building owners Evanacre Colmore Row Ltd and project managers Marchment Consulting hired builder Roland Morewood to carry out refurbishment works on a lift shaft in the building.

When lift engineers arrived to carry out further work, they found pieces of asbestos insulating board spread around the lift shaft area and refused to carry on working.

Evanacre Colmore Row Ltd and Marchment Consulting Ltd were both fined GBP 7,000, after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 11(1)(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

Roland Morewood, of Mapleton Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 8(1) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and fined GBP 1,000.

HSE principal inspector Richard Lockwood said: "Asbestos is the biggest cause of occupational deaths in the UK, with an estimated 4,000 people dying every year from related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer."

Posted by Trevor Baker
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