Companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos

A contractor carrying out refurbishment work at a hotel in South Shields, and the client company who arranged this work, were sentenced after workers disturbed asbestos. Workers from RJW Building Solutions Ltd were refurbishing the bar area at the Sea Hotel in September and October 2018, when they disturbed asbestos. An investigation carried out by […]

Local restaurant owner fined after disturbance of asbestos

A local restaurant owner has been fined after asbestos was disturbed during the conversion of rooms above the restaurant into flats, in Essex. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that during September 2016, above Marco Polo restaurant on Lower Southend Road, Wickford, asbestos insulation board (AIB) was removed and broken up, which resulted in workers being exposed […]

Annual workplace fatality figures released by the HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, Mesothelioma, in 2017. Between April 2018 and March 2019, the provisional data for work -related fatal injuries revealed that between this period, 147 […]

Cases of illegal asbestos dumping on the rise

The country has seen numerous cases of illegally dumped asbestos waste rise in the last few months so we asked ourselves, ‘why is it happening so often?’. The first case was on a busy road in Nottinghamshire, where bags of ‘extremely dangerous’ asbestos were found. A significant number of bags were fly-tipped along a four-mile […]

NHS Trust sentenced after employees and contractors exposed to Asbestos during refurbishment works

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been fined after refurbishment work undertaken in an accommodation block at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital exposed Trust employees and contractors to asbestos. Telford Magistrates’ Court heard how in June 2012 Trust employees were removing fixtures and fittings from the empty flat when they disturbed asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The […]

Teachers & pupils face killer in class

More than 200 teachers have died in the past 10 years from the effects of being exposed to asbestos. And for each teacher fatality, nine ex-pupils can also be expected to fall victim to the silent killer, a study claims – an average of almost 200 per year. Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to […]

Asbestos Awareness and Sampling Course – Chelmsford, Essex

bSure Testing are hosting another one of their fantastic courses this month near their head office in Chelmsford, Essex this month. A one day public course, providing asbestos awareness and sampling training and industry accredited photographic card. If you are interested in the course, please contact us on 0207 264 1010, or email

Hoteliers fined

A Devon based hoteliers has today been sentenced after asbestos containing materials (ACM) were disturbed during a major refurbishment at The Park Hotel in Barnstaple. The project aimed to refit and refurbish the bathrooms and bedrooms, and construction work was undertaken between October 2016 and May 2017. Parts of the hotel were originally constructed during […]