A British firm continued to expose workers to dangerous asbestos-containing materials despite advice from the local council, according to a report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
HSE issued a prohibition notice banning entry to two warehouses run by local storage firm, Rotherham Bonding Company, Ltd, were employees removed from danger.(WCxKit)
Rotherham Magistrates' Court heard the council bought the warehouses in Oldgate Lane from Fosters of Thrybergh, Ltd., and arranged for a professional asbestos survey before demolishing them. In the meantime Rotherham Bonding Company, which ran the warehouses, was using staff from its sister company, Fosters of Thrybergh, to empty them of their stock of wine and spirits.
The court heard Rotherham Council's surveyor spotted large amounts of damaged asbestos-containing materials on the floors where forklift trucks were operating. He advised employees and the council of his findings. The council notified both Rotherham Bonding Company and Fosters of Thrybergh about the presence of asbestos but nothing was done and work was allowed to continue.
HSE was informed and visited the site. It immediately issued the Prohibition Notice preventing entry into the buildings and later took samples which showed white and brown asbestos were present. As a result a full survey was carried out and 18 of 20 samples were found to contain significant concentrations of asbestos(WCxKit)
Fosters of Thrybergh, Ltd, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined £5,500 ($9,000) with £6,250 ($10,000) toward costs.
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