Legal News

Worker in Court after asbestos exposure

On 20 May 2014, 23 year old Jack Conn from Rochester in Kent, was prosecuted and fined at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court, following an incident at a school where asbestos was being removed.   The work was being carried out in May 2013 at Canterbury Academy, where a licensed company was removing asbest...
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Asbestos firm’s errors exposed workers to hidden killer

  At a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on 27 May 2014, a specialist asbestos removal firm was fined after exposing workers to asbestos during demolition work.   Ermine Infants’ School in Lincoln was being demolished in March 2012 and replaced with a new school building. Prior to work co...
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New procedure to obtain HMRC Employment Histories: Yates v HMRC

In Yates v HMRC [2014] EWCH 2311 (QB), the High Court has set out a new procedure to allow families and legal representatives of people who have died from an asbestos related disease to obtain a copy of the victim’s employment history from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) whilst the Deregulation B...
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Directors and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk

On 5 August 2014, at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, a Hartlepool firm and two of its directors, together with a second company from Doncaster, were found guilty of safety breaches by putting workers at risk of exposure to asbestos.   In February 2013, Baxketh Ltd, a metal recycling company, had agr...
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