Two brothers from Stoke-on-Trent have been handed prison sentences for exposing workers to potentially dangerous asbestos fibres.
Akram Hussain, 52, of City Road, and Inam Hussain, 47, of Boughey Road, both pleaded guilty to safety failings following lengthy refurbishment work at a former print works on Scotia Road in Burslem.
At least seven workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos – one aged just 17 at the time – on the site since February 2012.
Lack of experience
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that neither of the brothers were qualified or experienced in construction, demolition or refurbishment work, let alone licensed to remove asbestos.
Akram Hussain and Inam Hussain – a snooker hall manager and a taxi driver – had been carrying out the work on the building for the best part of a decade.
Stafford Crown Court heard how the pair continued to refurbish the building and disturb asbestos material despite repeated visits from HSE inspectors and numerous enforcement notices warning them of their failings.
Both pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Akram Hussain was given a custodial sentence of 22 months and ordered to pay costs of £43,000, while Inam Hussain was given a custodial sentence of 14 months.
Claiming for asbestos exposure
The dangers of asbestos are well documented, so employers have a duty of care to protect workers at all times.
In this case, however, work was carried out without the necessary asbestos surveys and without a Construction, Design and Management Co-ordinator (CDM) in place, which is required if work is to take more than 30 days.
If you have had any exposure to asbestos in the past, visit your doctor as soon as possible for a check-up.
Accident Advice Helpline has a wealth of experience when it comes to helping people claim compensation for asbestos exposure, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you find out you have a case to make a claim. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: Bradley Envriomental
Date Published: August 23, 2014
Author: David Brown