Upminster fly-tipper given suspended jail sentence

Upminster fly-tipper given suspended jail sentence for dumping asbestos waste

A recent article that we spotted in the Newham Recorder was, we thought, another good illustration among many of the various problems that can be caused by dumped asbestos, which specialist asbestos removal contractors often have to take considerable care to clear up.

The story concerned a fly-tipper from Upminster, east London, who dumped 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste on a street in the Newham neighbourhood of Beckton. For this, the 26-year-old was handed a suspended jail sentence.

Offences supported a £400-a-week cocaine habit

Stuart Beattie dumped the dangerous rubble in two separate spots on Eric Clarke Lane in March this year, with the court hearing that he required the money from fly-tipping to support his £400-a-week cocaine habit. His actions forced the closure of the road and the diversion of buses, while the entrance to children’s riding stables was also blocked.

Last month, he admitted fly-tipping at Thames Magistrates Court. The seriousness of the offence led the case then being transferred to Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The judge took into account Beattie’s admission and cooperation with a drug rehabilitation order to tackle his addiction in handing him a two-year suspended jail sentence. He was also convicted of driving offences on the basis of the four-axle dumper truck he used being found to be unsafe, uninsured and used without a waste carrier’s licence.

Beattie’s punishment also included a £1,900 fine and an order to pay Newham Council £2,500 in compensation.

A very serious offence, but was the punishment heavy enough?

Councillor Forhad Hussain, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour at Newham Council, expressed his disappointment with the sentence. He told the Recorder: “In this case it cost the council over £8,000 just to clear the mess, that’s without the cost of the investigation, surveillance and man hours to bring the case to court.

“The £2,500 compensation simply doesn’t cover the costs – and it’s Newham Council tax payers who will have to pick up the tab.

“This is an extremely disappointing result for Newham and its residents… the courts must make the penalty fit the crime. Fly-tipping on this scale is big business, with big profits.”

We would struggle to disagree with Mr Hussain’s assessment here at Trident Asbestos Solutions. Too few people realise the important role of asbestos removal contractors’ work in safely clearing away and disposing of asbestos when it has been illegally dumped.

By contacting our team today, you can receive guidance related to any worries about you may have about asbestos that may require the attention of our suitably experienced and qualified professionals.

 

 

Hundreds of public buildings may contain asbestos

 

Asbestos in Scottish schools condemned as ‘health time bomb’

Medical and legal experts have said that a health “time bomb” has been created by the use of asbestos in Scotland’s schools, as increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with conditions related to the lethal fibres.

Hundreds of public buildings may contain asbestos

Among the experts to have weighed in on the pressing asbestos debate in Scotland is Edinburgh-based occupational hygienist Robin Howie, who has said that there could be “significant asbestos content” in hundreds of public buildings.

He added that among the heightening numbers of people expected to live into their 80s or older, more and more men will survive for long enough to develop the asbestos-related lung disease mesothelioma, instead of dying earlier from other illnesses, as previous generations did.

Mr Howie has predicted that there will be around 130,000 male mesothelioma deaths in Britain between 2014 and 2049, compared to the 50,000 recorded between 1969 and 2014.

As he stated to an asbestos conference in Glasgow: “This is not going away. We are not even at the beginning of the end. And at some point, the government of the day are going to have to face it.”

Too many unnecessary deaths due to school-based asbestos

Scotland presently has the highest global incidence of mesothelioma, according to the University of Glasgow, which said that 175 cases had been diagnosed in 2014.

Just one of the many sad examples is the case of Sandra Naylor, who died from the condition in 2014, aged 52. It is thought that she developed the disease as a result of exposure to asbestos dust during her time as a pupil at Caldervale High School in Airdrie in the 1970s.

Her husband, Iain, is now calling for all prospective councillors to prioritise the issue.

He commented: “We were so upset at the diagnosis because we couldn’t understand how she was exposed. Sandra didn’t work in heavy industries or anything like that.

“I lost my wife because she was a pupil in a school full of asbestos. How could that happen? How many others have been affected?”

Contact Trident Asbestos Solutions now about our services and advice on asbestos removal.

With Laura Blane, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors, having described the situation of asbestos in Scottish schools as “an enormous ticking time bomb”, the need for the most appropriate asbestos removal services for public buildings throughout the UK has surely never been clearer.

Talk to the Trident Asbestos Solutions team now about the services that we can provide to give you vital peace of mind when you have responsibility for a building that you suspect may contain the often fatally harmful substance.

 

 

 

Disagreement between the HSE and Trust

Health and Safety Executive accuses cinema trust of ‘potentially’ exposing people to asbestos

Fresh concern has been raised about the potential risks to the public, volunteers and employees at a historic cinema that closed late last year over fears of asbestos.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said to the trust that runs the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr, Wales that it “potentially exposed volunteers, employees and members of the public to asbestos”, adding that there had been “several significant contraventions of the law.”

As reported by Wales Online, the HSE communicated its criticisms in a notice published in February, following an investigation in which asbestos was apparently discovered to have been stored in black bin bags inside the cinema. The government body said that users of the building could have been at risk since the Trust’s takeover in June 2013.

However, some of the findings have been disputed by the Market Hall Cinema and Arts Trust.

Disagreement between the HSE and Trust

The executive sent its notice to the 123-year-old cinema’s trustees on 16th February, and requested that volunteers and employees be informed of the lethal substance’s possible impact on their health.

The HSE also asked to be provided with information about a volunteer who had removed asbestos from the wall between the auditorium and the former library, so that it could provide advice to them on the dangers of asbestos.

Among the criticisms of the Trust outlined in the HSE’s notice was that it failed to ensure volunteers had the necessary information, instruction and training for undertaking work with asbestos. The Trust was also accused of ignoring Blaenau Gwent Borough Council’s asbestos management plan and of failing to have a refurbishment and demolition survey undertaken for the areas on which it was working.

Although the executive has said that action will not be taken against the Trust, it added that it may review this decision if further evidence emerges. The Trust will also be required to pay a fee to the HSE to cover the investigation’s cost.

A spokesperson for the Trust said that it regarded “critical elements of the decision issued by the HSE” to be “factually incorrect” and that it was therefore “in the process of challenging assumptions contained within the document regarding alleged actions that misrepresent the true picture.”

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