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Building owner risks workers’ health when exposed to asbestos

An industrial building owner has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after workers were exposed to asbestos following multiple health and safety failings.

Danger sign on fence warning of potential exposure to asbestos used to depict article about two workers exposed to asbestos

Mr Nasimul Karbani, from Middlesex, employed two workers and then helped them to remove waste from the site he co-owned.

The waste from the site included a large amount of asbestos insulation board which was cleaned up in an unsafe way.

The subsequent HSE investigation found that Mr Karbani held no licence to deal with asbestos and he also failed to manage the risks of those employed to help clean up. The men hired also had no proper training or equipment to deal with asbestos, and they were not decontaminated after the work.

Mr Karbani was in possession of information that indicated where asbestos was located in the building and had been warned on two occasions that the work should not be carried out. But, despite this, he continued to work.

It was also revealed that Mr Karbani failed to appoint a competent co-contractor to plan and manage the clean-up work, plus he failed to carry out a proper risk assessment of exposure to asbestos fibres and its condition before work commenced.

Exposed to asbestos now what ?

Vicki Wright, specialist personal injury solicitor at Swain & Co, says, “The inhaling of asbestos fibres can lead to very serious health problems including cancer. The true extent to injury to a person is not realised for many years as the effects of being exposed to asbestos do not show themselves immediately.”

“Every year, around 4,000 people die from asbestos related diseases. It is not acceptable that building owners and contractors are putting people people’s health at risk by failing to deal with asbestos in the correct manner.”

Asbestos exposure at work claims too many lives.

Exposed to asbestos what to do

If you or a loved has been exposed to asbestos at work which has resulted in disease, then speak to Vicki Wright or Melanie Lidstone Land today to discuss the possibility of bringing a claim against you employer.

They provide you with free advice in your initial consultation and act on a no win no fee basis; legal aid may also be available.

You need to speak to a solicitor as soon as you experience symptoms, so call for free on 0800 0351 999

 

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