Health and Safety officials in the UK enforce asbestos safety

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fined a construction firm after a man fell through the roof of a garage, potentially disrupting asbestos.

Grimsby demolition company H. Cope & Sons allegedly did not supervise the workers on site and failed to notice that its employees were breaking up asbestos fibers in cement that held up garage roofs.

HSE Inspector Dave Bradley called the tragedy "totally avoidable… to allow demolition work on structures containing asbestos cement without the provision of any welfare facilities is completely unacceptable."

"Buckets in the back of a van – as was evident in this case – do not constitute welfare facilities," he added.

The unnamed employee who fell through the roof reportedly needed several corrective surgeries and still suffers from physical pain.

According to the HSE report, H. Cope & Sons knew the basic equipment such as scaffolding and dust control materials needed for the project but failed to provide it to their employees. The company must now pay £12,000 after pleading guilty to the charges.

In addition, the HSE fined a Rotherham Council-owned organization for allowing one of its workers to be exposed to approximately "50 times the legal limit of asbestos," according to the Dinnington Today.