Winnersh business fined for exposing workers to asbestosBy Laura Herbert
October 16, 2012
A Winnersh business has been fined £28,000 after exposing two workers to lethal asbestos fibres.
Gardner Mechanical Services Ltd failed to tell the men asbestos was in the room they were working in at The University of Reading on September 2, 2009.
On Monday the company, based at Grovelands Avenue Workshops, was also ordered to pay £22,631 costs after admitting the safety breaches at Reading Magistrates Court.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Gardner Mechanical Services was aware asbestos-containing materials were to be left on the site, but failed to tell self-employed subcontractors.
The company also failed to ensure it was removed before work started.
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 Gardner Mechanical Services, 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.”