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Companies fined for unsafe removal of asbestos

The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that two companies have been fined over £26,000 for breaching health and safety regulations regarding the removal of asbestos.

Wildheart Residential Management Ltd had contracted Squaredeal UPVC & Renewables Ltd to replace soffits on a housing estate. Wildheart had not checked whether the soffits being removed contained asbestos. Squaredeal checked them and found them to contain asbestos but then began to remove them without taking adequate precautions to protect its workers or residents. A resident in the block of flats raised concerns.

HSE pursued Squaredeal and Wildheart for breaching various parts of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and both pleaded guilty, being fined £18,500 and £8,000 respectively.

The use of asbestos has been banned in the UK since the 1980s, but it was widely used before then. Exposure to it can lead to diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. These diseases can take many years to develop after exposure, and are often fatal. Latest estimates are that around 5000 people a year die in Great Britain as a result of a disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

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