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    Health and Safety News

    HSE probes asbestos find at office site

    By David Brown on December 31, 2014

    Health and safety officers have launched an investigation after asbestos was discovered at an office block under development in Ashford, Kent.

    The potentially-deadly material was found in June at The Panorama on Park Street, halting construction work on the nine-storey building for a month-long investigation to take place.

    Asbestos probe

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the material was found behind a wall at the former office space and the probe, which related to the same notice, continues to look into the discovery of the material and “alleged breaches of health and safety legislation”.

    David O’Neil, development director of building owner Dukelease Properties, said contractors from Barroerock are in contact with the HSE regarding the original prohibition notice over the asbestos finding.

    “This is the only outstanding inquiry with the HSE and there are no other matters under investigation,” he added.

    Construction is still under way, Mr O’Neill confirmed, adding that the Barroerock group has co-operated fully with the investigation.

    HSE notices

    Dating back to April 2013, Barroerock has received four HSE notices, including:

    • One in relation to possible alerts for fires or other emergencies simultaneously for all workers throughout the building;
    • Another survey identified a lack of assessment to ensure that the risks created by possible exposure to asbestos were adequately controlled.

    An HSE spokesman confirmed the company complied with the notices and fulfilled health and safety chiefs’ requirements.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Working with asbestos can lead to serious illness. Though risk of exposure is low nowadays, if you have become ill due to working with the substance, you may be able to claim compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline‘s solicitors are on hand on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone at any time for more information.

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    Date Published: December 31, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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