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Marks and Spencer Fined Over Breach Of Health And Safety Law

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Willmott Dixon Construction and PA Realisations Ltd (formerly Pectel Ltd) were convicted at Winchester Crown Court alongside Marks and Spencer for work carried out between  2006 and 2007 on shops in Reading and Bournemouth.

The court heard that not enough time and space was allocated to allow construction workers at the two stores to remove asbestos-containing materials present in the ceiling tiles and elsewhere.

After the hearing, Charles Gilby, HSE Principal Inspector, said: “This prosecution exposed serious failures by Marks and Spencer and its contractors that we hope others will learn from.

“This verdict is a wake-up call for the retail industry. Client accountability and responsibility is at the heart of this case, because asbestos can and does kill " .
The guilty companies will be sentenced on 26 September 2011.

It is worrying to see that despite the now well known dangers of asbestos , breaches of the Health and Safety law are still occurring and putting lives at risk .


Ruth Johnson 
Solicitor - Personal Injury team 

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