Asbestos Advice Helpline Responds To A Notable Case of Negligence that Resulted in a £50, 000 Fine

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Asbestos Advice Helpline recently noted an important case of asbestos exposure caused by the negligence of a contracting firm. Two sub contractors were exposed to asbestos after important information regarding the presence of asbestos was not relayed to them, and a £50, 000 fine was imposed upon the company responsible.

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Asbestos Advice Helpline has been helping victims of asbestos exposure for many years now, and has an extensive range of experience in the field of asbestos compensation claims. Home to one of the most successful litigation teams in the country, the company keeps track of all important cases relating to asbestos compensation. Recently, the BBC reported a high profile asbestos claims case which has seen a large fine imposed upon a family run plumbing and heating business based in Reading who neglected to inform two self employed subcontractors of the presence of asbestos on a worksite.

Gardner Mechanical Services were undertaking a job at Reading University, and two subcontractors were brought in to complete part of the job. Subsequently these two workers drilled through a ceiling that was coated with sprayed asbestos. Unfortunately these men were then covered in asbestos fibres, which was determined by Reading Magistrates Court to be a negligent and dangerous failing on behalf of the plumbing and heating firm who originally took on the job.

It was discovered that before any work was carried out, the asbestos should have been removed, and although the company was aware of the presence of the dangerous material they believed it to be in a safe state. This information was not relayed to the subcontractors, however, and so the necessary precautions were not taken, nor was suitable protective gear worn.

Linda Fletcher, a spokesperson of Asbestos Advice Helpline, has offered her knowledgeable and experienced opinion on this case: “Unfortunately, we see this kind of case all too often. Due to the neglect of an employer or contractor two innocent men have been exposed to asbestos, and are at a very real risk of developing a life threatening disease in later life. Thankfully we see that the ones responsible have been brought to justice, but often this is not the case. We urge all those who have been in contact with asbestos at any point in their lives to contact an expert advisor, who will be able to get you the help you need in order to claim compensation for your employer’s neglect or incompetency.”

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