Asbestos – ignorance continues to be a problem
Mar
10

Last year, a contractor was found guilty of potentially exposing workers and shoppers to asbestos on a busy high-street construction site because he flouted the rules on working with this hazardous material. The contractor was fined for several breaches of asbestos and construction design legislation on the Bromley High Street site. In this particular case the contractor was a private individual. An HSE inspector who investigated the case, commented that the project had not been properly planned. The project involved the demolition of a building that comprised a restaurant on the ground floor with flats above it. Three workers, whose qualifications could not be proved, were overseen by the contractor. 

During the demolition, the workers, who did not recognise that the insulating boards in the restaurant’s ceiling contained asbestos and they used sledgehammers and hand-operated tools to break them up, so they were “more than likely” to have been exposed to asbestos fibres (according to the Inspector).

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My Monday in London – Fire Risk Assessment
Mar
05

No names – no pack drill.

I had a very busy day in London yesterday (Monday). My whole day centred around Fire Risk Assessment for a range of premises: common areas of residential premises, a new small laundry and a retail outlet.

The retail outlet had the added complication of having had an Enforcement Notice served on it last year. There is a lot that they need to do, and soon: London Fire Brigade are likely to return to see the progress made! The Fire Risk Assessment that I carried out has identified many areas for improvement (and a lot of work for basic fire safety and compliance).

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