Company fined for worker asbestos exposure

A business has been fined £28,000 and ordered to pay £22,631 in legal costs after sub-contractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos.

Reading University contracted Gardner Mechanical Services Ltd (GMS)to carry out a mechanical services upgrade in one of the rooms. The work was sub-contracted to another company who then sub-contracted the work to two self-employed men. Steve Taylor and Andrew Lloyed began the work under the impression that a specialist company had already removed asbestos material. They drilled through a sprayed asbestos ceiling coating and were exposed to asbestos fibres.

The company contracted by the University, GMS, pleaded guilty to the charges and must now pay out just over £50,000 in fines and legal costs.
HSE inspector Adam Wycherley commented that the two men who carried out the work "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."

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