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Contractor takes out asbestos in wheelbarrows

A Grantham contractor and a local authority have been fined after asbestos was taken out from a housing renovation job in an open wheelbarrow.

Workers from Belton Developments disturbed asbestos at the property in Kinoulton Court, owned by South Kesteven District Council, on March 30 2010 while converting a bathroom into a wet room.

They removed asbestos insulation board from around the bath then carried it through the flat and communal areas of the housing complex in a wheelbarrow before loading it into an open-topped van.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Mhairi Lockwood said: "Contractors need to be aware of the potential for asbestos to be disturbed while carrying out building work and provide their employees with adequate information, instruction and training so they can protect themselves and others."

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