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It has been revealed that three quarters of the schools in Sheffield have undergone rebuilding work, yet still contain asbestos.
An article published in the Cambrian News informs readers that an architect’s firm based in Aberystwyth failed to provide information to builders undertaking work at Aberystwyth Rugby Club in January 2012 about the presence of asbestos. It has been reported that this slip in communication has resulted in Dilwyn Roberts Architects Limited being fined over £5,000 as well being ordered to pay costs of nearly £3,000 after potentially exposing the builders to hazardous asbestos fibres.
The article maintains that following a routine inspection by the Health and Safety inspector, the clubhouse was found to have remnants of damaged asbestos insulation boards. As a result of another investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, it was established that an asbestos survey was commissioned by the rugby club who had passed it on to the architects. Cambrian news shockingly reports that, the architects failed to show this survey to the building contractors despite it clearly portraying the presence of the asbestos insulation board. This negligent act has created a possible exposure for all builders working at the site to asbestos.
Dilwyn Roberts Architects Ltd were found to be in breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £5,400 and also ordered to pay £2,917 in costs. Within the article, a representative for the architects firm spoke openly about how they sincerely regret what has happened regarding this situation. They express that the company do take its health and safety responsibilities extremely seriously and despite this circumstance, they otherwise have a spotless record. Procedures have been put in place to ensure that this situation will not arise again.
There are a number of symptoms that may occur if someone is suffering from an asbestos related disease as a result of asbestos exposure. These symptoms may not develop until years after the exposure to asbestos materials has ceased.
Symptoms may include:
- shortness of breath
- persistent cough
- in some cases finger clubbing
If you have been diagnosed as suffering with an asbestos related illness, you may be entitled to make a claim. Call us on 0800 0384 384 to discuss your condition and find out if you have a claim and how we can help you.
0800 840 4929