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UK fines company for inaction on asbestos

13 April 2017

A British shipping company has been fined GBP130,000 after it failed to remove asbestos from one of its ships.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) prosecuted Tarmac Marine Ltd because it failed to take action after an MCA survey of The City of Westminster dredger in 2014 identified asbestos in pipework. As well as failing to take action, the company also failed to inform the crew of the presence of the asbestos. 

The MCA commented that: “Tarmac Marine Ltd have shown scant regard for their employees and have failed in their responsibilities to keep their workforce as safe as it should be. We hope that this successful prosecution sends a strong message to shipping and maritime companies, no matter what their size, that the risks from asbestos will be taken seriously and action will be taken so more lives aren’t put in danger in the future.”

The prosecution came after the Nautilus union alerted the MCA to the case.




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