ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AT COLLEGE IN GREATER MANCHESTER
An asbestos expert has been fined after workers under his supervision were exposed to potentially-deadly fibres at a college in Greater Manchester.
Steven Kelly, a fully-trained and qualified supervisor in licensed asbestos removal, worked for Manchester-based firm Winsulate on a project at Trafford College where they were carrying out asbestos removal. He was prosecuted by the HSE after three men were spotted without suitable protective clothing in an area of Trafford College in Stretford where asbestos was being removed.
The court was told that HSE inspectors carried out an unannounced visit to the college and discovered that Mr Kelly had sent the three men into the undercroft beneath the classrooms, which had been sealed off from the rest of the building, to fix the temporary lighting. They were wearing their own clothes instead of disposable clothing under their overalls, and half masks instead of full-face respiratory masks. The men were also wearing lace-up instead of wellington boots, which meant that asbestos fibres could stick to their laces or get inside their boots.
This led to them being put at risk of breathing in asbestos fibres, and other fibres could have remained on their clothes when they went home to their families in the evening.
Mr Kelly pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to take reasonable care of workers under his supervision.