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  • Liverpool NHS Trust in court over deadly asbestos fibres | Alcumus SM&MS
    News on 06 03 2015 by Hannah Archer A Liverpool NHS Trust has been fined 10 000 after it emerged its workers may have been exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive HSE after the fibres were discovered in the basement of its offices at Derwent House on London Road in January 2013 Liverpool Magistrates Court heard that the organisation had failed to act on a survey carried out in 2006 which identified that an area of the basement may contain asbestos and recommended that its condition should be properly assessed A HSE investigation found that workers had regularly been visiting the basement to access patient records The risk to them came to light on 9 January 2013 when the NHS Trust s health and safety manager noticed that the doors to an out of use goods lift in the basement were damaged The lift doors contained asbestos which meant there was a risk of exposure to those accessing the basement A subsequent survey found that asbestos fibres were present in several different areas of the basement The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/liverpool-nhs-trust-in-court-over-deadly-asbestos-fibres/ (2016-02-16)
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  • NHS Trust in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos | Alcumus SM&MS
    News on 03 09 2014 by Hannah Archer An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire Between April 2000 and December 2011 the estates team at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was maintaining buildings at Watford General Hospital Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans Hospital without knowing that asbestos was present or being trained to identify and control exposure The estates team whose work is to carry out small repairs and maintenance projects where external contractors are not needed could have disturbed asbestos fibres in the course of a job but would have had no way of knowing or of protecting themselves St Albans Crown Court was told that over the 11 year period the Trust had identified some of the asbestos materials at their sites but did not have a management or monitoring plan in place to control the risks associated with the deadly fibre It was only when additional surveys were carried out in December 2011 that the Trust realised more asbestos was present at all three hospitals than initially identified Neither the newly identified asbestos nor the material that had originally been identified were being managed The Trust alerted the Health and Safety Executive HSE which investigated and brought a prosecution for health and safety breaches against the Trust today 20 August The court heard the NHS Trust immediately put control measures in place after the survey results came back Unfortunately the extended lack of awareness reiterated that it had caused workers to potentially be exposed over a significant period of time which constituted a major failure on its part West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust of Vicarage Road Watford Hertfordshire was fined 55 000

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/nhs-trust-in-court-after-workers-potentially-exposed-to-asbestos/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Directors and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk | Alcumus SM&MS
    in place to prevent the spread of asbestos fibres The Health and Safety Executive HSE today 5 August told Teesside Magistrates Court that inspectors visited the site on 22 February 2013 following a complaint from a worker at a neighbouring premises and a joint investigation was carried out by HSE s Construction Division and Hazardous Installation Division Inspectors saw Baxketh Ltd directors Michael Almond Senior and Michael Almond Junior on the site with a significant amount of pipe work and damaged insulation scattered on the ground Almond Jnr was operating a mechanical excavator with a grab to move steel work from the ground into a skip A Prohibition Notice was served on Baxketh Ltd to prevent further work An Improvement Notice was also served on UK Tankcleaning Services Ltd that required it to carry out an asbestos survey and develop a system to ensure the results were shared with those likely to disturb any asbestos Tests carried out by HSE later confirmed that the insulation debris found lying on the ground did contain asbestos The court was told that Michael Almond Senior had negotiated the arrangement to remove the steel work with the site manager The court heard that UK Tankcleaning Services Ltd failed to ensure information about location and condition of asbestos materials was provided to those liable to disturb it Baxketh Ltd had conducted the work without carrying out the necessary assessment to determine whether asbestos was present and had failed to take any measures to prevent the spread of asbestos fibres The personal involvement of both directors meant they too had been prosecuted as individuals The work carried out by Baxketh Ltd meant asbestos debris was scattered over the working area which exposed workers there and on neighbouring sites to a potential risk to their health UK

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/directors-and-two-firms-fined-for-potential-asbestos-risk/ (2016-02-16)
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  • HSE announces results of asbestos management in schools inspections 2013/14 | Alcumus SM&MS
    This entry was posted in Asbestos News on 26 06 2014 by Hannah Archer The Health and Safety Executive HSE has published the results of its latest asbestos in schools inspection initiative which took place in 2013 14 HSE inspected a carefully selected random sample of 153 non local authority schools between April 2013 and January 2014 which included independent voluntary aided and foundation schools free schools and academies The majority of schools inspected 71 per cent required either no further action or were given straightforward simple advice However 29 per cent 44 schools received written advice from HSE and 13 per cent 20 schools were subject to enforcement action in the form of improvement notices The improvement notices set out a requirement for recipient schools to improve arrangements for managing asbestos Enforcement action was taken over failures such as training staff and producing written management plans not because staff or pupils were considered at significant risk of exposure but because these are vital elements of the required control measures Compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations in England Scotland and Wales showed an overall improvement compared with that found in a similar survey and inspection programme of 164 schools

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/hse-announces-results-of-asbestos-management-in-schools-inspections-201314/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Shropshire Director Jailed for Illegal Supply of Asbestos Sheeting After Worker Fell to His Death | Alcumus SM&MS
    who was roofing a barn using the panels fell through the fragile material and later died An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive HSE found that Mr Marsh sole Director of RM Developments 2005 Ltd of Newport Shropshire had supplied pre used roofing sheets containing white asbestos to a farming partnership building a barn in Frankley Worcestershire During a three day hearing which ended today 4 June Worcester Crown Court heard that after Mr Marsh supplied the roofing sheets the partnership hired steel erector Tony Podmore to use the materials to build the barn But during the final phase of its construction on 8 June 2011 Mr Podmore of Calf Heath near Wolverhampton fell through the fragile asbestos cement roof sheets landing on the concrete floor more than six metres below He later died of his injuries in hospital The farm partnership had agreed to pay 4 000 for what they thought would be substantial roofing material However Mr Marsh supplied poor quality second hand roof panels that had cost him nothing As he had paid just 250 for transport he stood to make a profit of 3 750 on the roof alone The court was told that after the fall Mr Marsh tried to persuade witnesses to hide the sheets that he had supplied telling one We ll all take the fall for this He also told Mr Podmore s daughter that her father had fallen from the roof edge rather than through the fragile roof sheets and later tried to persuade Mr Podmore s relatives not to report the incident to the HSE Robert Marsh of RM Developments 2005 Ltd of Station Road Hodnet Market Drayton Shropshire changed his plea to guilty on the first day day of his trial to one breach of the Health and

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/shropshire-director-jailed-for-illegal-supply-of-asbestos-sheeting-after-worker-fell-to-his-death/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Revised Guidance on Managing and Controlling Asbestos | Alcumus SM&MS
    Safety Executive HSE has revised guidance to help businesses understand how to work safely with asbestos The Approved Codes of Practice ACOPs L127 The management of asbestos in non domestic premises and L143 Work with materials containing asbestos have been consolidated into one single revised ACOP L143 Managing and working with asbestos L143 has been revised to make it easier for businesses and employers to understand and meet their legal obligations It also reflects the changes introduced in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 CAR 2012 on the notification of non licensed work with asbestos and consequent arrangements for employee medical examinations and record keeping Highlighting the benefits of the change Kären Clayton Director of HSE s Long Latency Health Risks Division said The two ACOPs have been updated and brought together to help employers find the information they need quickly and easily and understand how to protect their workers from dangers of working with asbestos The revised ACOP also provides better clarity on identifying dutyholders for non domestic premises and the things they must do to comply with the duty to manage asbestos ACOPs L127 and L143 were among several identified for review and revision consolidation or withdrawal following

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/revised-guidance-on-managing-and-controlling-asbestos/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Asbestos News | Alcumus SM&MS | Page 2
    after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building Lincoln Magistrates Court heard that Angus Group Ltd did not properly manage the removal of asbestos containing materials at the site of the former Ermine Infants School on Thoresway Drive Lincoln during March 2012 Surrey Firm in Court After Asbestos Found at Girls School This entry was posted in Asbestos News on 31 01 2014 by

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/category/asbestos-news/page/2/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Dudley company fined for failing to manage dangerous bacteria | Alcumus SM&MS
    452349 Email smms enquiries alcumusgroup com Dudley company fined for failing to manage dangerous bacteria This entry was posted in Water News on 03 09 2014 by Hannah Archer A Stourbridge dry cleaning company has been fined after its failure to properly manage and monitor Legionella bacteria put workers and members of the public at risk The Health and Safety Executive HSE prosecuted Pride Cleaners 2000 Limited following a management audit and visit to the company s Watford Road Cotteridge site on 6 September 2013 Birmingham Magistrates Court heard today that HSE inspectors found the company was unable to provide information or evidence as to how they were managing and monitoring a cooling tower which was in operation and was an integral part of the company s dry cleaning process HSE found the company had previously employed a water consultant to manage and control the tower on its behalf However when this arrangement was removed the company did not put alternative management measures in place to continue the same level of control Pride Cleaners 2000 Limited of Dudley Road Stourbridge which has ceased trading pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2 1 and 3 1 of the Health and Safety at

    Original URL path: http://www.sm-ms.co.uk/news/dudley-company-fined-for-failing-to-manage-dangerous-bacteria/ (2016-02-16)
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