A company fined for exposing employees to lead toxins

A company has been fined £9,000, with costs of £1,324 after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 5, Regulation 6 and Regulation 10 of the Control of Lead at Works Regulations 2002.

The HSE investigated the paint coatings company after it was found to be exposing its employees to unnecessary health risks from high pressure shot blasting old, lead based paints. The Magistrates’ Court heard how the company was refurbishing 72 metal window frames at premises and they did not carry out a risk assessment to check if they were exposing their employees and passersby to health risks by high pressure shot blasting.

There was also a lack of control measures to reduce the risk of exposure to the potentially toxic spray.

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