Families in Oxford have been told asbestos is not to blame for high levels of cancer on their street. Sixteen people living on Mickle Way have died of the disease in the past decade.
A Wokingham business has been fined for safety failings after two subcontractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibres at Reading University.
Gardner Mechanical Services Ltd had been contracted to undertake a mechanical services upgrade **in a room at the university. They subcontracted the project to a Newbury-based company, who in turn subcontracted two self-employed men, Andrew Lloyd and Steve Taylor, to do the work.
Reading Magistrates court heard the two men drilled through a sprayed asbestos ceiling coating. They had not been made aware that asbestos was in the room and thought all asbestos material had been removed by specialist contractors prior to their work starting.
Gardner Mechanical Services Ltd, of Grovelands Avenue Workshops, Winnersh, Wokingham, pleaded guilty and was fined a total of £28,000 and ordered to pay £22,631 in costs.
After the hearing HSE inspector Adam Wycherley said: “Gardner Mechanical Services had a clear duty of care to relay important information to its subcontractors in order to prevent their exposure to asbestos, but this simply did not happen.
“As a result of poor planning on the part of GMS, two men were exposed to high levels of asbestos fibres, leaving them at risk of contracting serious diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis of the lungs.”
Many families in our region have been fighting for compensation for more than five years. Stan Thomas, from Southampton, has Mesothelioma
The families of workers who died of an asbestos-related cancer have won a fight for compensation at the Supreme Court today.
Judges ruled insurance liability was "triggered" when employees were exposed to asbestos dust - not when symptoms of mesothelioma emerged.
People who have been exposed to asbestos at work will find out today whether they can get compensation. The Supreme Court's decision could have implications for thousands of people suffering from mesothelioma and their relatives, including many in our region.