Firm fined over asbestos clean-up…

Contractor fined after using vacuum cleaner on asbestos A Norwich-based contractor has been fined £90,000 for carrying out unlicensed asbestos cleaning work. Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard how the company began a project to refurbish parts of Rose Lane Business Centre in Norwich, including a former kitchen and canteen. Works started in late April 2015 and…Read moreRead more

Eyemouth site gets all clear…

Council seeks to allay fears of local residents. Scottish Borders Council has said there is “minimal risk” from material at a demolition site in Eyemouth, Scotland. Local residents had drawn attention to roofing panels with a printed warning about the risk of breathing asbestos fibres. The council said the contractor has assured it that work…Read moreRead more

Keltbray tackles asbestos on soils…

Industry giant launches new training initiative. Keltbray Group has announced the launch of a unique Asbestos in Soils training course, the first of its kind in the UK. It sets out to combine theory and practice in Keltbray’s new training centre at Silvertown in east London, where the company has built a specially designed practical…Read moreRead more

Fined for asbestos failings…

Prosecution last month hands down negligible penalty. A demolition company based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight and its director have been fined for storing asbestos illegally at Rosemary Copse Farm. Ryde Demolition Company Ltd was fined £12,500 with a victim surcharge of £170 and costs of £4,000, while its director, Neil Harrison, was…Read moreRead more

If you can’t rely on an asbestos surveyor…

Asbestos surveying firm fails to spot “large quantity of asbestos”. A specialist asbestos company has been fined after failing to detect asbestos at a demolition site. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how EAS Asbestos Limited were commissioned to conduct refurbishment and demolition surveys by Mercer Brother Limited, a construction company who were contracted to demolish…Read moreRead more

Asbestos drives up leisure centre costs…

Survey firm could face legal action after it missed asbestos. Demolition of a leisure centre will cost an extra £1 million and has been delayed by 18 months after asbestos was found. A survey of Abertillery Leisure Centre missed the brown asbestos. A report said cavity walls had been checked. Blaenau Gwent council said it…Read moreRead more

Breaking News – Worker succumbs to injuries…

Man hurt in Scottish gas blast dies in hospital. A gas explosion victim has died in hospital five days after a blast at a former convent. Police have confirmed the 23-year-old succumbed to his injuries yesterday in hospital while a second man is still fighting for his life. Two workers who were clearing asbestos last…Read moreRead more

Big bang postponed…

Discovery of asbestos pushes back planned blast. Mercy Medical Center officials have cancelled an implosion that was set for Sunday to bring down the three apartment buildings on the east side after a material that could be asbestos was discovered. Crews will bring down the buildings through traditional demolition means as a safety precaution so…Read moreRead more

Probe launched into major wall collapse…

50 metre wall collapses on Daltons Demolition site in Leith. A supermarket chain has launched an investigation after a wall collapsed during work on a new branch – sparking a major gas scare. Dozens of residents had to be evacuated after nearly 30 tonnes of rubble came crashing down towards flats on St Clair Place,…Read moreRead more

Complete fined over worker crush injury…

Worker injured when he was hit and then run over by an excavator. Complete Demolition Ltd had been contracted to demolish a school on the site at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port to make way for a new leisure centre when the incident occurred. The firm was prosecuted by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after…Read moreRead more