Life threatening disease caused by Silica Dust.
A masonry firm in Lancashire has been fined for breaching health and safety laws after an employee developed an incurable lung disease.
GO Stonemasonry Limited, based off Manchester Road in Accrington, must pay an £8,000 fine and £10,000 in costs after breaching health and safety laws.
The firm was found guilty at Burnley Magistrates' Court following an investigation by the government's health and safety watchdog.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the Lancashire firm after an employee developed silicosis - a life-threatening and incurable disease which can lead to lung cancer and other serious respiratory diseases.
Government health inspectors found that the man had developed the lung disease - which is the biggest risk to construction workers after asbestos - after the employees had been cutting and working with stone for several years without any suitable dust extraction.
The HSE investigation also revealed that the company had failed to ensure that respiratory protective equipment had been adequately controlling workers' inhalation exposure to respiratory silica dust.
Posted on: July 2nd, 2019 by