Major Retailer: Asbestos Fine

Marks and SpencerOnce again the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are making an example of those who put members of the public and their staff at risk during construction works.

Marks and Spencer, the well-known retailers, has been found guilty and fined £1m as recent construction works put people at risk of asbestos exposure during a facelift at its Reading store. They were also ordered to pay £600,000 costs on having been found guilty at an earlier hearing in a case brought by the HSE.

The HSE's Richard Boland said: "This outcome should act as a wake-up call that any refurbishment programmes involving asbestos-containing materials must be properly resourced, both in terms of time and money - no matter what."

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