Waltham Forest Council request adjournment of prosecution by Health and Safety Executive

Council is accused of not protecting the welfare of employees and members of the public from asbestos

Council is accused of not protecting the welfare of employees and members of the public from asbestos

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A court hearing in the prosecution of Waltham Forest council following an investigation into the handling of asbestos at the Town Hall has been adjourned. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is prosecuting the authority over alleged breaches of the Health & Safety at Work Act and the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

It relates to the discovery of asbestos in a basement room at the Forest Road buildling which staff had access to between 1984 and 2012. 

In 2012, it was revealed the authority knew about the presence of asbestos, but did not stop staff from accessing the building, claiming asbestos levels were "within Health and Safety Executive guidelines".

The case was due to be heard at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow but the council have been granted an adjournment to a later date, which is expected to be announced tomorrow. 

 

 

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