Construction companies in the UK are racking up some significant fines, and all because they are refusing to follow basic laws and regulations designed to keep the public safe from asbestos exposure.
According to a recent press release from Safetyshop, a leading safety products manufacturer in the UK that is a division of Brady Corporation, two construction companies were recently fined a combined £100,000 (approximately $162,000) as well as costs of more than £20,000 (approximately $32,600).
The fines were levied on the companies by the Health and Safety Executive for disobeying both the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 that are designed to prevent asbestos fibers from being exposed to workers and the public.
“Asbestos-related diseases are responsible for around 4,000 deaths a year,” said HSE inspector Dominic Ellis.”Working on or near damaged asbestos-containing materials, or breathing in high levels of asbestos fibres, which may be many hundreds of times that of environmental levels, could increase your chances of getting an asbestos-related disease”
The HSE recently announced that it would be cracking down on construction companies that did not obey the asbestos rules and restrictions. In the UK, the use of asbestos products in construction projects is not allowed, but buildings built or renovated before 2000 are allowed to contain asbestos products. Because of this, there are a number of tests and that must be performed on older buildings to test asbestos levels before any work can begin.
In the HSE’s latest warning, it was stated that additional inspection on work sites to ensure safe working practices would be carried out.
Companies that expose their employees to high amounts of asbestos fibers, despite their knowledge that doing so was a health hazard, may be held legally liable for the mesothelioma diagnosis of a former worker. If you feel a former employer or the manufacturer of the asbestos product is at fault for your diagnosis, contact a mesothelioma attorney to learn more about possibly receiving an asbestos settlement that may be able to provide financial security for your family.