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Did you know that every week in the UK, on average...

4 plumbers die
20 tradesmen die
6 electricians die
8 joiners die

due to exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purpose…

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Lincoln University fined for asbestos failings

Lincoln University has been fined for putting staff, students and contractors at risk of exposure to asbestos.

The failings came to light on 24 February 2010 when a lecturer became trapped in a room after a door lock broke. She enlisted the help of a colleague to release her and once freed, they …

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Cardiff property firm sentenced after worker exposed to asbestos

Rochefort Shugar Ltd. has been sentenced after a handyman was exposed to asbestos-containing material while carrying out work on a client's property.

A self-employed handyman from Cardiff, regularly carried out work on properties managed by Rochefort Shugar Ltd. and on 15 October 2010 was sent to…

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Bromley building contractor fined for working without asbestos licence

A building contractor from South East London has been fined for running a construction site which led to workers being exposed to asbestos-containing materials.

Fadil Adil, of Coniston Road, Bromley, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the way work was carried out on a con…

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Warning after asbestos kills man 43 years on from accident

A Yorkshire man survived an industrial accident in 1965 only to die 43 years later because he was not protected from asbestos particles in the aftermath, his family has revealed.

Ken Hoggett worked at the giant Ferrybridge power station when three cooling towers collapsed in 100mph winds.


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Marks and Spencer fined £1 Million for safety failings

Marks and Spencer plc and three of its contractors have been fined for putting members of the public, staff and construction workers at risk of exposure to asbestos-containing materials during the refurbishment of two stores in Reading and Bournemouth.

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Demolition firm fined for site asbestos failings

Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd. has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at the former Revlon factory in Maesteg.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd of Pontypridd ign…

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Proposals on Revised Control of Asbestos Regulations

This consultation sets out the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations to implement the changes required to comply with the European Commission's reasoned opinion on the UK Government's transposition of Directive 83/477/EEC as amended by 200…

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Marks & Spencer faces fine over asbestos work

Marks & Spencer and three contractors face heavy fines in a sentencing hearing starting on Monday for failing to protect customers, staff and workers from asbestos during the refurbishment of two stores, reports The Guardian.

The charges relate to work at stores in Reading and Bournemouth between…

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Cardiff building site manager fined for ignoring safety notices

A Cardiff construction site manager has been fined after failing to comply with two safety orders issued to protect workers from injury.

Mr Haider Zaman was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for ignoring two Improvement Notices served while he was refurbishing two residential pr…

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Worker exposed to dangerously high levels of asbestos in Bath

Formac Electronics Ltd. has been fined after a builder was exposed to high levels of a type of asbestos linked to cancer.

Jonathan Arnold, 49, of Castle Cary was fitting pipework for a new central heating system at Oxford House, in Combe Down, Bath when he was exposed to high levels of blue asbes…

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Proposals on Revised Control of Asbestos Regulations

This consultation sets out HSE's proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations to implement the changes required to comply with the European Commission's reasoned opinion on the UK Government's transposition of Directive 83/477/EEC as amended by 2003/18/EC on the protection of worke…

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Poignant training pledge launched to tackle 4000 asbestos death toll

A poignant target of 4000 hours of free asbestos awareness training has been set in a new initiative to help tradesmen across Britain protect themselves from the deadly dust.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in partnership with the training industry, is calling for those who run training co…

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Two companies and contractor fined for releasing asbestos at Birmingham office

Two Worcestershire companies and a contractor from Hall Green have been prosecuted for releasing asbestos fibres during an office refurbishment project in Birmingham city centre, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE inspectors uncovered a series of failings during the refurbishment …

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Today is Action Mesothelioma Day 2011

Mesothelioma is a terminal chest cancer that develops between 15 and 60 years after exposure to asbestos.

The British Lung Foundation campaigns to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to improve the treatment and care of people who are affected by it. This campaigning culminates each year on Acti…

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Quebec environmental groups launch a campaign to stop asbestos mining in the province

Nature Québec and Pour que le Quebec ait meilleure mine say asbestos should not be mined because is too dangerous for human health, reports MontrealGazette.

Debate about whether to label chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous material under the United Nations' Rotterdam Convention began on Tuesday, …

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Canada continues to export chrysotile asbestos

Canada's Natural Resources Department continues to support the asbestos industry. The Observer reports that demand for chrysotile remains strong, driven by developing countries where it is used in cement products, brake linings and clutch facings.

In a letter to Natural Resources Minister Christ…

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Contractors exposed to asbestos at former nightclub site

Michael Murton has been given a suspended sentence of eight months for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations. He was also given a 12 month suspended sentence for breaching Section 33 (1)(c) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and eight months suspended sentence for the offence contrary…

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Refurbishment company fined after exposing public to asbestos

Shengxuan Company Ltd has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos in a Leicestershire village.

The Health and Safety Executives's investigation found the firm had not made its workers aware of the dangers of asbestos and had not given them any training in how to recognise…

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Mesothelioma - The human face of an asbestos epidemic

Mesothelioma is an incurable asbestos cancer. Asbestos remains Britain’s biggest workplace killer. More people die from asbestos related disease each year than on Britain’s roads (last year in Britain about 2,000 people died from mesothelioma).

This video, produced by Forum of Asbestos Victim…

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