Tenant to pursue asbestos damages?

Industrial disease claims could be forthcoming from residents of a block of flats after asbestos was released into the air due to the negligence of a handyman.

Handyman William Rogers was removing partition boards at premises in Olton, Solihull, in January of this year, which he presumed contained asbestos cement and therefore did not require the services of specialist contractors.

However, an investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that this was not the case and because he decided to carry out the job himself, he ended up releasing potentially lethal fibres into the air.

As a result, both he and the tenant whose kitchen he was working on may have contracted an asbestos-related illness.

Jo Anderson of the HSE warned that people who have "not checked what kind of asbestos is present ... must not start work".

This comes after handyman Rochefort Shugar was exposed to asbestos while working at a home in South Wales in October last year.

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-800933875-ADNFCR

10/11/2011 16:25