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Demolition contractor sentenced over multiple safety failings

We spent a lot of time on this project acting as the HSE liaison for the client and working with a professional demolition contractor to clear the site in a safe way. Scot Richardson was eventually tracked down and sentenced but only after the Health and Safety Executive hired a private detective. Scot Richardson had originally approached the owners of site looking for scrap metal, the owners did not realise what was going to happen. What he actually did was flatten the whole site (around 3 acres) and used it as a dumping ground for waste from other sites he was carrying out similar work at.  The demolition rubble included asbestos cement, asbestos insulation board (AIB) as well as other hazardous chemicals and substances and used vehicle tyres. HSE had originally ordered the owners to take all the demolition rubble to landfill, the potential cost of this was going to be in excess of £1m. We stepped in and identified [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Asbestos Consultancy|0 Comments

Artex: What are the dangers?

Many properties contain artex and other textured coatings on walls and ceilings which may contain asbestos. Providing these materials are left undamaged, the pose no threat to the health of building occupants. However, if you are planning building work, or even fixing something to your wall or ceiling that involves drilling or any other disturbance, you should know if the material contains asbestos before deciding how best to proceed.

By | March 18th, 2016|General|0 Comments

Information: Refurbishment/Demolition Asbestos Surveys

If you are refurbishing or demolishing a building built before 2000, you will need to commission a refurbishment and/or demolition asbestos survey. These are two very different surveys, and there is no off-the-shelf solution. You also play a major role in carrying out the survey.

By | March 10th, 2016|Asbestos Surveying|0 Comments

Prudential London-Surrey 100 Charity Cycle Race

Our Asbestos Surveyor Frank Berridge is competing in the Prudential London-Surrey 100 on 2nd August 2015, raising money for Children with Cancer UK.  The route is 100 miles and he’s hoping to do it in under 7 hours. Frank is aiming to raise over £400 from the event, you can donate by following THIS LINK and donating via Virgin Money Giving. The Route [click to open in Google Maps] <img class="alignnone wp-image-2010" src="" alt="londonsurrey100 route" width="493" height="440" srcset=" 300w, oxycontin 303w, 711w" sizes="(max-width: 493px) 100vw, 493px" />

By | July 23rd, 2015|General|0 Comments

Competency for Non-licensed Asbestos Removal

We frequently hear of contractors removing low risk asbestos materials and that they follow "HSE guidance" and use "approved tools". This is just a reminder to those carrying out any asbestos removal work of what is required. Experience has proven that many contractors are unable to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 when it comes to asbestos removal, but that many believe they do. If you are in doubt as to the competency of those carrying out asbestos removal work you should check

By | June 5th, 2015|Asbestos Removal|0 Comments

Managing Asbestos in Agriculture

The management of asbestos in agricultural businesses is often overlooked, particularly with smaller farms where margins are tight. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 applies to all commercial premises, including farms and other agricultural businesses and it is common for the majority of these to have some form of asbestos in their buildings.  More and more farms are becoming health and safety aware, either because they genuinely want to promote good health and safety practices or because external accrediting bodies require it.  Either way they are getting better, despite ever rising business costs.

By | January 23rd, 2015|Asbestos Surveying|0 Comments