A court has fined the owners of a hotel chain thousands of pounds for potentially exposing the workers and the public to deadly asbestos during a renovation project.
The exposure occurred in 2010 at the Britannia Grand Burstin in Kent, England. According to KentOnline, the hotel’s owner, Now Britannia Hotels, failed to ask for a detailed investigation to see if asbestos was present before it began building 53 new rooms. This happened although a company-ordered report had indicated the possibility of asbestos in the structure. Rather than hiring an expert asbestos company, the hotel used an in-house construction team that had no specialized asbestos safety training.
Weeks later, the asbestos presence was confirmed, and experts brought in to manage it. But the damage had already been done. Customers dining in the restaurant adjacent to the renovation work had been exposed to asbestos fibers, as were workers involved in the project.
In court, a judge criticized the company for breaking with its usual practice of hiring expert asbestos firms to remove the material. Exposure to asbestos can lead to deadly diseases, including malignant mesothelioma. Now Britannia Hotels was fined $243,000 (in U.S. currency) after admitting that it failed to follow asbestos safety regulations.
“The risks posed by asbestos are well known with its potentially fatal consequences of even a limited amount of exposure was well known in the construction industry for some considerable time, said a judge.
According to World Health Organization figures, more than 107,000 people around the world die every year from mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, and asbestosis.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A successful mesothelioma lawsuit can help pay medical bills and other expenses. Contact the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Sokolove Law to get a free case evaluation today.