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Asbestos safety breach brings prosecution

A company director has been given a suspended sentence after a breach of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

The individual, who was not correctly accredited to remove the substance, falsely declared a house in London to be asbestos free and safe to re-enter.

He received the sentence at Southwark Crown Court after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took action over his doctored air test.

Discussing the dangers of asbestos, HSE inspector Dominic Elliss said: "It is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and the dangers are well-known in the construction and property industries."

Those working with asbestos will need to wear safety equipment, such as masks for respiratory protection and safety gloves.

HSE actions against asbestos safety breaches included a recent prohibition order issued against a Lincolnshire company that left debris containing the material in a skip exposed to the open air by a main road.

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