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Company fined after heavy safety failings lead to silica dust exposure

A stone masonry company has been sentenced after failing to adequately control employees’ exposure to respirable silica dust, resulting in an employee developing silicosis.

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how prior to 2017, employees of GO Stonemasonry Limited in Accrington carried out work that resulted in exposure to respirable silica dust.

An investigation by the HSE found that GO Stonemasonry Limited had been cutting and working with stone for several years without any suitable and sufficient dust extraction. The company failed to ensure that respiratory protective equipment (RPE) was adequately controlling the inhalation exposure to respiratory silica dust. The company did not have appropriate work processes, systems or control measures in place and had no health surveillance to identify any early signs of effects on workers’ health.

GO Stonemasonry Limited, of Turkey Red Industrial Estate, Baxenden, Accrington, pleaded Guilty of breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £8000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.