Independent Means Impartial

February 16, 2015

An Asbestos Survey from an Independent Surveyor Will Definitely be Impartial

When booking or commissioning an asbestos survey it is best to go to an independent surveyor. This will ensure that the recommendations are completely impartial and could save you money as a result.

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February 5, 2015

Core Surveys are looking for Asbestos Surveyors / Analysts (4 Stage Clearance) / Bulk ID analysts – Multiple Vacancies.

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team, with one or more the following P401 / P402 / P403 / S301 / CoCA, together with relevant industry experience.

Salary range £18,000 – £28,000 plus benefits depending on role applied for, qualifications and level of experience.

All positions would be based out of our East Sussex office near Lewes.

For further details call 01273 401156 or email

Guiding You Through The Asbestos Maze

January 7, 2015

Infographics for Consultant Selection, Project Planning and Asbestos Management 

With over 40 years combined experience in the asbestos industry, our team of specialist consultants are always on hand to share our expertise and knowledge through advice, information and training.  Together, we have devised three infographics, each relating to a specific topic which clients frequently enquire about.

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Northamptonshire firms fined for asbestos failings

December 22, 2014

Two Northamptonshire firms have been fined after a routine safety inspection revealed serious asbestos-related failings.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard today (22 Dec) that Lifting Systems Ltd had contracted Durasteel Services Ltd to refurbish an asbestos cement roof at its Crown Works in Far Cotton.

When inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site on 22 October 2013 to check the work they found asbestos insulation board had been removed and stored on the premises, and that debris had been placed in waste skips around the site.

A Prohibition Notice was served to immediately stop any further work.

A subsequent investigation found that although Lifting Systems Ltd was the client, the company had undertaken a lot of the refurbishment work, including the removal of the majority of old asbestos cement roofing panels. It did not have an up to date asbestos register and did not carry out an asbestos demolition and refurbishment survey, which would have highlighted areas of asbestos to be considered during the refurbishment.

Durasteel Services Ltd failed to carry out an asbestos assessment to identify the potential for asbestos to be disturbed and put effective control measures in place.

The court was told that neither company had a licence to remove asbestos.

Lifting Systems Ltd, of Crown Works, Main Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, was fined a total of £14,000 and ordered to pay £523 in costs after pleading guilty to three breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Durasteel Services Ltd, of Kingsfield Way, Kingsfield Heath Industrial Estate, Northampton, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £523 after admitting one breach of the same regulations.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sam Russell said:

“This case highlights the importance of businesses having strong policies to enable identification of asbestos as part of their normal working practices. The refurbishment work started three months before HSE visited the site, so the risks from asbestos had not been controlled for some time.

“Lifting Systems Ltd made little effort to survey or identify asbestos in the premises before starting work, so failed to identify the presence of asbestos insulation board lining panels underneath the asbestos roofing sheets. The panels were broken up and placed in skips, putting construction workers and other employees at risk of exposure to carcinogenic asbestos fibres. An asbestos survey had been carried out by the previous owners of the premises and highlighted the asbestos which was removed. However, the premises had been derelict for a period of time and the infrastructure had been damaged and vandalised meaning the old survey was not current and fit for purpose and a new one was required.

“Durasteel Services Ltd was complicit in the removal of asbestos insulation board during the refurbishment. The company should have conducted an assessment to see if any work it undertook would have the potential to disturb asbestos materials and taken appropriate action to introduce control measures.”

On average, 20 tradespeople die each week from asbestos-related diseases. Free, practical advice on working with asbestos is available on the HSE’s web app at

Fair ride owner fined after woman hit by falling handrail

December 16, 2014

A fair ride owner has been prosecuted after a woman was hit on the head by a falling handrail.

The member of public, who does not want to be identified, required stitches to a head wound and suffered pain in her back and shoulders as a result of the incident at Goose Fair in Nottingham on 6 October 2012.

The handrail fell from the Top Buzz 2 ride as she stood alongside it. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the brackets fitting the handrails to the ride walkway were extensively corroded, which caused the bracket to fail and the rail to fall from a height of between one and a half and two and a half metres.

Twenty-eight of the remaining 30 fixings for the rest of the handrail were corroded, cracked or buckled.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court was told that ride operator Alex Crow Leisure Ltd should have identified the issue during regular inspections of the ride.

Alex Crow Leisure Ltd of High Street, Northallerton, Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £20,000 with £4,016 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Edward Walker said:

“The incident was entirely preventable. The corrosion had clearly developed over an extended period of time and Alex Crow Leisure should have spotted this during regular inspections of the ride, particularly when setting it up or taking it down at different locations.

“This would have enabled remedial action to be taken and a member of the public could have been spared a painful injury.”

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