HSE prosecutes firm for health and safety failings
Two firms face the possibility of future asbestos claims following successful prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.
The firms, one a property management company and the other a property development business, were taken to court by the HSE after an investigation found that they had exposed workers to asbestos fibres at a Mill in Bolton.
The 2010 investigation went ahead following reports by a contractor at the site that asbestos-containing boards had been stripped from the mill and then stored on site, without necessary protection and correct handling.
The court heard how the property management firm, which lets units in the mill out to local traders, had mentioned the necessity for an asbestos assessment on 2006, but it had not been undertaken. The developers, who own the mill, also failed to have an asbestos survey carried out.
Both firms admitted breaches of health and safety regulations and were fined as a result.
If workers at the site go on to develop asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, the two firms could face possible civil action in claims for personal injury compensation.