Devon companies fined

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It has been reported that two companies in Devon have been fined, after workers were exposed to potentially dangerous asbestos.

The health and safety executive (HSE) has allegedly stated that Pilkington Plumbing and Heating Limited performed work on a house in Ilfracombe, but they had not received an asbestos survey from North Devon Homes. The company instead relied on information from a website for contractors, which was not specific to the property they were working on, and which was incomplete or misleading. Asbestos insulation boards were subsequently disturbed and workers were exposed to asbestos on the 27th September 2012.

North Devon Homes pleaded guilty to a breach of regulations and was fined £1,000. Pilkington Plumbing and Heating Limited also pleaded guilty and was fined £1,500.

Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “This is another example which shows that asbestos can still be disturbed today. Older properties may still contain dangerous asbestos and it is very important that if the asbestos is worked upon or disturbed, special precautions are taken. It can take many decades for diseases resulting from asbestos exposure to develop, sometimes with fatal consequences. This is a reminder that vigilance must be taken at all times”.

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