Workers could seek asbestos compensation

Employees working for a plant hire firm and a construction services company may opt to seek personal injury compensation after it emerged they had potentially been put at risk of contracting an asbestos-related illness.

These individuals may have been exposed to the potentially lethal substance - which can cause conditions such as mesothelioma and asbestosis - after insulation boarding was removed while they were instructed to refurbish a block of residential flats.

Mansell Construction Services sub-contracted this job - which took place in London - out to Woodlands Plant Hire and, despite being fully aware of the fact that a previous report has identified the presence of asbestos, allowed the latter firm to disturb these boards.

As a result, members of the public living in the surrounding areas may also have been exposed to asbestos, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded.

Dominic Ellis, HSE inspector, commented: "Despite recent high profile campaigns on the dangers of working with asbestos, this case sadly illustrates some companies are still failing to manage the risks robustly."

Posted by Craig Williams

04/04/2011 16:56