Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Asbestos removal is a messy job

By Kevin McBride Subscribe to RSS | November 29th 2011 | Views:

Despite well publicised health risks and detailed legislation covering the management, removal and disposal of asbestos, the problem of asbestos in the workplace remains.

The Arcadia Group Ltd along with contractor Vincents (Shopfitters) Ltd were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. Despite the fact that a survey ordered before the project started had identified the presence of asbestos , they both allowed refurbishment work at the Liverpool outlet to go ahead.

“Neither company took adequate action to prevent workers being exposed, despite a survey alerting them that asbestos was present in the building." said Warren Pennington, the investigating inspector at HSE. "The refurbishment work… was likely to disturb the asbestos, so a licensed specialist contractor should have carried it out.”

Air conditioning, sprinklers and other equipment next to ceiling beams, which had been coated with sprayed asbestos to protect from fire before the dangers of the material became widely known were removed by workers, exposing them to asbestos fibres.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court issued the maximum fine the court could issue and fined Arcadia £5,000 with legal costs of £10,769. Vincents were also fined the maximun penalty available, £10,000 plus £10,769 costs.

“Up to 45 individuals who were working in the building now have to live with the knowledge that they may become ill with a life-threatening lung disease.” Pennington added.

There are numerous incidents such as this where large or small companies have been fined for exposing their workers to asbestos. These are life-threatening incidents and ones that can be simply avoided. If employers surveyed the property for the presence of asbestos prior to the start of construction work, any asbestos would be identified and arrangements could be made for its controlled removal by an HSE-licensed contractor.

There are specific laws and rules around the disposal of any waste, but specifically hazardous substances like asbestos. Any hazardous material has to be treated and disposed of correctly.

Prices for asbestos removal and asbestos disposal will vary by company, and will be based on how comprehensive the job is. The main concern is the health of all those who are being exposed to asbestos and lots of people do not consider cost to be the most important factor.

Once you have selected an asbestos removal company, the process of having these materials removed and disposed of can begin. Where the materials are located and how much needs to be removed, will vary the amount of time this takes. Whilst time is of the essence, keep in mind that special precautions must be taken during the removal process to ensure the health of everyone involved.

What you save by removing asbestos yourself may not be worth the price of your health. If your company ask you to remove or dispose of asbestos then think carefully before you proceed. When it comes to asbestos removal and asbestos disposal it really is worth calling in a specialist company. The HSE estimates that 4,000 people die from exposure to asbestos every year and report that asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Kevin McBride - About Author:
For more info or to obtain a quote for asbestos removal or asbestos disposal visit

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:

Related Home Improvement Articles Subscribe to RSS

Home removal becomes much easier
Published by Glyn Jones Is A Renowned SEO Expert Working For Removal Companies Surrey. They Offer Quick And Safe Packaging Surrey Services And on June 5th 2012 | Home
Home removal services are offered along with storage services as well that matches your needs perfec...
Bee removal: the environmentally responsible choice for bee control
Published by Wild Martin on April 14th 2012 | Home Improvement
When it comes to bees, no one wants an infestation near their home. Bees are dangerous, that's true....
Rust stain removal- No more a rocket science
Published by Brad Siamons on July 4th 2012 | Home Improvement
Rust has a reputation of being the most stubborn stain that cannot be removed unlike any other stain...
Finding the best of asbestos consultant
Published by Eric Lewellyn on May 30th 2012 | Home Improvement
There are however treatments that have to be given and regular checks kept on its disintegration. Sh...
AquaGuard Reviva for removal of A-Z of contaminants from water
Published by Agamsingh on January 18th 2012 | Home Improvement
Do you know flow rate of a purifier depends on the input water pressure and conditions of the filter...
How to choose best removal companies
Published by Aafra Pointy on January 17th 2012 | Home Improvement
The main reason for choosing a removal company is that all your furniture and belongings can not fit...
Asbestos removal is a messy job
Published by Kevin McBride on November 29th 2011 | Home Improvement
Despite well publicised health risks and comprehensive legislation covering the management, removal ...
Going about an asbestos survey the right way
Published by Eric Lewellyn on May 30th 2012 | Home Improvement
It is legally mandated in the UK that one conducts an asbestos survey of their premises, be it comme...
How to save money while hiring a student removal company?
Published by Kai Harris on February 9th 2012 | Home Improvement
Relocation is really a very frustrating task. Its really tough to move with household things without...
Why hire a professional removal company for relocation?
Published by Kai Harris on January 9th 2012 | Home Improvement
No doubt relocation is really a very frustrating task. Its really tough to move with household thing...
Garden waste removal Preston Keep your garden tidy
Published by Ashish Pandey on January 19th 2012 | Home
Due to a lot of reasons, it becomes important to keep your garden clean. Therefore there are several...
Look for a dehumidifier for moisture removal
Published by Aabher Ray on May 8th 2012 | Home Improvement
The main problem of residing in an area or an environment where humidity reigns supreme, is the coll...