Asbestos fly-tipped ‘in every corner’ of county

Potentially lethal asbestos has been found illegally dumped in “every corner” of a rural county, a council has said.

The toxic material has been fly-tipped “from Berwick to Alnwick and Bedlington to Hexham” in the past nine months, Northumberland County Council said.

In that time it has dealt with double the number of cases it handled the previous year.

Cabinet member Ian Swithenbank said it cost the authority more than £10,000.

If homeowners are unable to prove their hazardous waste has been removed by a registered operative they run “the real risk of being prosecuted if any dumped waste is traced back to them”, he said.

It is strong and fire retardant and was extensively used in older commercial buildings, homes and schools

The Asbestos Regulations 1969 imposed strict rules on dust exposure limits in factories and construction

Blue and brown asbestos, thought at the time to be more dangerous, was banned in the UK in 1985. White asbestos was banned in 1999

Exposure can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, plural plaques and mesothelioma

“Fly-tipping on private land remains a significant problem for farmers and landowners who are left frustrated when they, the victims of this crime, are left to clear up dumped waste and pay for its disposal,” Mr Swithenbank said.

The asbestos found was mostly corrugated sheeting, once commonly used in old colliery houses, farms and commercial properties which have now been modernised, the council said.

There are strict rules concerning its removal and disposal by a licensed operator but “unscrupulous waste contractors” have been dumping it to save costs, the authority added.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk

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Technical Administrator – Birmingham Office

A vacancy has arisen for a Technical Administrator in our Halesowen office and will be primarily spent working alongside the existing Project Managers to co-ordinate and deliver asbestos services within the retail sector.

The role will comprise of:

  • Providing administrative support covering both planned and reactive asbestos works
  • Actively monitoring and updating the client portal for new requests while ensuring they are programmed in appropriately
  • Scheduling of analytical and asbestos surveys; liaising with our regional offices, booking appointments and monitoring report progress to ensure key performance indicators are met

The successful candidate will be required to contribute to effective team working and provide appropriate cover for colleagues as required as well as being capable of working independently when required.

Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel along with good levels of literacy are required. Previous experience in technical or project administration and/or knowledge of asbestos would be an advantage, although not essential, as full training will be provided.

The hours of work are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 0800 – 1630hrs.

The starting at £16,000 per annum (although negotiable if the successful candidate has  previous experience). The company also offers 22 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays. pension and company paid health and well.

To apply email: kracey@bradley-enviro.co.uk with a CV and cover letter.

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London hospital trust paid £1.3m in asbestos compensation

One of London’s largest health trusts has paid out more than £1.3 million in compensation to people who developed illnesses from asbestos while in hospital.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust – which runs two of London’s largest hospitals – has been hit with 20 legal claims since 2001, figures show.

The trust is just one of many London hospitals and health centres which contain the microscopic harmful minerals, commonly used in building materials for years.

Both of its major hospitals and six of its smaller community centres still contain asbestos and £3.9 million has been spent on removing it since 2001. The Standard contacted all London health authorities for figures of the compensation paid out for asbestos-related illnesses.

Of the trusts which replied, St Guy’s and South West London and St George’s NHS trust were the only others to have given payouts. The South West London trust received one legal claim due to illness relating to asbestos, and admitted three of their buildings still have the material.

Liz Darlison, consultant nurse and director of services at charity Mesothelioma UK, said she has “lost count” of the number of doctors and nurses with mesothelioma – a rare cancer which can be caused by asbestos.

She said: “It’s not just doctors and nurses but maintenance people and hospital workers generally.

“But it doesn’t matter what your background is or career pathway, whether you are a doctor, secretary or car mechanic, nobody expects to have a life-limiting disease.”The presence of asbestos in Guy’s Hospital – which was founded in the 18th century – has been known for some time.

Consultant anaesthetist Andrew Lawson, who was a medical student at St Guy’s Hospital, died aged 55 two years ago from mesothelioma..

He wrote in the Telegraph before he died: “It seems that, while at medical school, I was exposed to asbestos fibres in some part of the hospital (four other doctors and dentists from my era developed the disease; I am the only one surviving).”

But the Health and Safety Executive – the watchdog which monitors hospitals – said the fact London’s hospitals know exactly where their asbestos is suggests responsible management.

“Lots of buildings have asbestos,” a spokeswoman said. “If you want a building used as a work place then the duty holder has a duty to manage the asbestos.

“And sometimes it’s less risky to leave it in place. It only becomes harmful if the fibres are released in the atmosphere.”

Ms Darlison said: “As long as it’s not airborne, it’s allegedly not a risk. The problem is it’s so prevalent in the fabric of our buildings.

“We all know our public buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals have a lot of traffic and the traffic that goes through them does not always take care of the building, the banging of wheelchairs, the slamming of doors.

“The only long term solution is to have a strategy of removing it.” Other hospitals said no cases had been brought against them, although they shared figures of how much had been spent on removing the harmful material.

Figures revealed Camden and Islington’s NHS Trust manages 32 sites which have asbestos, with the organisation spending £525,091 on removal work since 2001 – including from St Pancras Hospital.

North London’s Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust said it has 54 sites which contain asbestos and has spent £105,000 getting rid of it.Three buildings owned by South West London and St George’s NHS Trust – including wards, offices, staff accommodation and hospital areas – have asbestos, while west London’s Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust says it owns 20 properties with the substance and has spent a total of £143,755 on removal work.

The HSE spokeswoman said most compensation claims date back to workers’ exposure decades ago and said someone who has an asbestos-related illness today would likely have contracted it around 30 to 40 years ago.

Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers every year – more than the number killed on the road – and can be present in any building built before or refurbished before 2000.

It only becomes harmful when the materials containing asbestos is disturbed or damaged and the fibres are inhaled.

A spokesperson from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said: “Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the largest trusts providing both hospital and community services from many sites.

“We have a major capital development programme each year, much of which involves carrying out renovations and developments within existing buildings. This will sometimes involve the removal of asbestos as part of these works.

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Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/

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Bradley Environmental – Shutdown Days

Bradley Environmental would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 2016 has been an excellent year for Bradley Environmental.

New work contracts have meant that we have lots of new people working in the business. This will ensure that our commitment to delivering excellent customer service continues. We plan to continue our growth in 2017, with expansion plans into new areas and locations.

You can also follow us on our social media accounts for all the latest Asbestos News, Bradley News and Training Updates. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Linked in. We also have an Asbestos Blog that will keep you up-to date with Asbestos industry news.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD Please be aware that all of our offices will be closed on 23rd – 28th and 30th December until 3rd January.

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Teacher, 68, died from asbestos exposure after builders removed the deadly fibres from classrooms while she taught lessons during her 30-year career

A former teacher died after being exposed to asbestos in schools, a coroner has ruled.

Sue Stephens, 68, worked as a teacher in Buckinghamshire for 30 years before retiring in 2008 to Crediton, Devon.

The grandmother was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for decades, in 2014 and died in June this year.

During the inquest, held at Exeter’s County Hall, the court heard that Sue had written a statement saying she recalled construction work being undertaken at another school and asbestos being removed by builders in the classrooms during lessons.

In the statement, she said: ‘Previously I had been very fit and well. This diagnosis came as an enormous shock to me and my family. My symptoms started around 18 months ago.’

She said at one school she used a staple gun to pin children’s work to the walls.

She said: ‘I would stand on a table to do this and it took around two hours. I did it one afternoon every fortnight and I believe I was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres.

‘I was never told it (the school) contained asbestos or to take extra care.’

Greater Devon coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland concluded that Sue died from industrial disease.

She said: ‘I’m satisfied Mrs Stephens was exposed to asbestos during her time as a teacher in schools in Buckinghamshire which underwent building repairs from the 90s upwards.

‘On the balance of probability, and noting the type of repairs at the time and the materials involved, I believe this led to fatal asbestos exposure.’

Prior to her death, Sue’s daughter, Lucie, launched a petition calling for the government to make it law to begin the removal of asbestos from all schools by 2028.

The petition has more than 9,000 signatures.

A Buckinghamshire County Council spokesman said: ‘We would like to express our sympathy to Sue Stephens’ family on their sad loss.

‘We are, however, unable to make any comment on individual cases.’

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Woman died of asbestos-related cancer ‘after inhaling dust from dad’s overalls as a child’

A woman died of an asbestos-related cancer which she may have contracted from dust on her father’s work overalls decades before as a child.

An inquest heard 59-year-old Julie Elizabeth Lawless, of Wrights Lane, Torquay, Devon died on New Year’s Eve 2015 from mesothelioma.

She had been diagnosed with the cancer ‘ linked to exposure to asbestos ‘ in September last year.

Torbay and South Devon coroner Ian Arrow recorded a narrative verdict at her inquest.

Mrs Lawless (nee Cowell) was described by her family as a ‘loving, caring and happy’ mother and grandmother by her family.

Mr Arrow said: “On the balance of probabilities Julie has been exposed to asbestos during her lifetime.

“I am satisfied she’s been exposed to asbestos dust in her family, in so far as her father’s dust on his overalls, or may have been exposed to dust at work. She died from mesothelioma.

“On the balance of probabilities she contracted it as a result of exposure to asbestos dust during her lifetime.”

The inquest heard from Mrs Lawless’ sister Elaine Cowell.

She said their father had been an engineer for BT and his job involved cutting cables lagged with asbestos.

“He would come home in uniform and flakes used to come off,” she said.

“His uniform was an all-in-one overall which he would stay in for an hour.”

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Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/

 

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Job Vacancy – P401 Qualified Bulk Analyst – Halesowen

A new vacancy has arisen in our Halesowen office.

The successful candidate will hold the P401 qualification and have some previous UKAS accredited laboratory experience. The role involves the receipt and booking in of samples, the analysis of samples for fibre content, the reporting of analytical findings and compliance with quality requirements.

The successful candidate will also be client focussed, IT literate, have some administrative experience and be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

The contracted hours of work are 37.5 per week, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm. Salary is negotiable depending on experience, plus company paid health care and the provision of a company pension, 22 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays.

To apply for this vacancy please send a CV and covering letter to:

Kim Racey

HR Manager

Bradley Environmental

Parkway House

Wakefield Road

Ossett

WF5 9JD

Tel: 01924 274777

Fax: 01924 283620 E-mail: kracey@bradley-enviro.co.uk

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Daughter of Cradley Heath usherette who died from asbestos related cancer

Margaret worked as an usherttere in quinton’s classic cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippadrome from 1976 until 1986.. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions.

The heartbroken daughter of a former usherette from Cradley Heath is appealing to her mum’s ex-colleagues after she died from asbestos-related cancer. Lynne’s Halls’ mother Margaret Rose Edgington was 71 when she first became ill in 2012 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma the following year.

She died on September 8, 2014. Margaret worked as an usherette in Quinton’s Classic Cinema between 1975 and 1976 and Birmingham Hippodrome from 1976 until 1986. Mrs Halls said: “Nothing will ever bring back my mum, but I really want to know how she could have come into contact with asbestos as the dangers were known back.

Then and it is only right that her past employers are held to account for their negligent actions. “I’d be so grateful to anyone who worked with my mum or at Classic Cinema or Birmingham Hippodrome around that time to get in touch to help shed some light on how she would have been exposed to the substance.”

During her time at the Hippodrome, Margaret became friends with a colleague, Anne, and the two were pictured with Des O’Connor, who was appearing at the theatre at the time.

Mrs Halls added: “I’d particularly like to hear from Anne and it would mean a lot to my family and I if she could get in touch.

“Mum worked hard her whole life.

“We’re devastated to have lost her this way. If someone could just give us the answers we’re looking for we’d feel like we could better come to terms with our loss.”

Alida Coates, a specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell said: “Margaret’s family have been left devastated at the loss of their mother.

“It was a complete shock to be told that her Margaret had a fatal asbestos illness.”

She added: “We are keen to speak to anyone who worked at or undertook refurbishment at Classic Cinema, Quinton or the Hippodrome during the period when Margaret was employed.

“Any information from people engaged in refurbishment or fellow colleagues or friends who worked alongside her could prove vital in securing the information we need to secure justice for Margaret and her family.”

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Parents back closure of primary school after asbestos discovery

Builders working on the building at Broke Hall Primary School, Ipswich dislodged some asbestos at the end of last week.

That has to be cleared up by specialist contractors – and headteacher Jenny Barr wrote to parents over the weekend to warn that the school could not open until September 12.

Posting on our Facebook page over the weekend, Lindsey Lambert said: “I’m glad they are taking precautions so our children are safe. It’s just frustrating it’s so close to the start of term when they have been doing building work since the beginning of July.

“It’s a pain for us parents but we have all rallied around and will all look after each other’s children. Their health is the priority. Mrs Barr is a fantastic head and wouldn’t have made this decision unless it was totally necessary.”

Meanwhile, Sylvia Ward added: “I wonder what would have happened if a parent decided to have an extra week’s holiday with their child? They would have been fined.”

But Denise Hammond responded by saying: “It’s not holiday. It’s their health that’s more important.”

Other parents expressed their dismay that after a big build up their child’s first day at school was being delayed.

Lora Hubbard said: “Poor Amelia. She was so excited and now has to wait another week!”

Stefanie Racheal hit back saying: “It’s for the health and safety of the children. People need to grow up. Would you rather children get ill in say 30 years time of a nasty possibly fatal condition?

“So what if they only found it now? I would rather they found it now than expose our children!”

Paulina Farouk said she was very concerned: “I shall have to tell my manager what has happened. I haven’t been able to find anyone else to look after my daughter at such short notice.”

Tina Sallows-Dixon added: “Obviously the school wouldn’t have closed if it wasn’t necessary. It’s a major health issue for both teachers and pupils.

“On the positive you can get an all-inclusive holiday very cheaply this week! Not so good for those who have child care issues, though.”

And those with children at neighbouring schools were sad they missed the opportunity to extend the summer break.

Kelly Ambrose said: “I wish my kids went here. I’d be more then happy with an extra week, these holidays have gone far too quickly.”

Is your child affected? Are you making the most of an extra week off or are you struggling for childcare? Leave your comments below.

Source: Ipswichstar

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Man diagnosed with terminal cancer caused by asbestos pleas for help with legal action

A RETIRED HGV driver is appealing for his former colleagues help after being diagnosed with terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Roger Bracegirdle, 69, from Timperley, believes he was exposed to asbestos during work, which led to him developing mesothelioma.

The father-of-two spent six years working as a HGV driver at George Bracegirdle & Sons Ltd, a company owned by his father and his uncle.

During his time at the Partington-based company, from 1967 until shortly before the company was dissolved in 1975, he spent time collecting and loading pallets of asbestos insulation boards and reels of asbestos sheeting from the Turner and Newall asbestos cement warehouse.

Roger has now instructed expert asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his exposure to the substance.

Roger, who has been married to his wife Susan for 45 years, said: “I can’t remember ever being given anything to protect me or being warned of the risks asbestos posed to my health.

“My mesothelioma diagnosis came as a terrible shock for all of us and I’m very concerned about what the future holds for me and my family as my condition gets worse.

“The company was dissolved back in 1975 and we don’t have records of the insurers of the business, but I’m hoping that some of the people who worked for the company will come forward with any information they have about which company held the insurance.”

Roger is now appealing to his former colleagues to come forward and help provide information that could identify the insurer and enable him to access compensation.

Dominic Hemsi, a Partner and specialist industrial disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “In these cases victims have to rely on accessing compensation from insurance companies to help cover their care costs, as well as providing financial security for loved ones they will leave behind. This process can be extremely difficult when companies have been dissolved for long periods of time.

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