A new amendment to the Construction Regulations was signed on April 2nd. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many operators within the construction industry have found it impossible to have Safe Pass cards renewed. The amendment extends the validity of current cards.

The full amendment text can be accessed at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Legislation/SI-No-102-of-2020.html

Contractor from UK fined €100,000 following exposure of workers to asbestos during construction activity in Dublin city centre 

Monday 9th March 2020 

Today, Monday 9th March, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Melanie Greally imposed a fine of €100,000 on a UK-registered construction company following an earlier guilty plea to a charge under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos Regulations) 2006 and 2010. 

The case arose following the exposure of a number of workers to asbestos fibres at a construction site under their control in Dublin. On 23rd June 2016, ceiling boards containing asbestos were taken down, broken up and thrown into large black bins, thereby generating asbestos containing dust.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Authority concluded that the workers involved in this activity were exposed to asbestos, a known carcinogen.  Mark Cullen, Chief Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said, “Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to fatal diseases many years after exposure.  It is a key requirement of the 2006 and 2010 Asbestos Regulations that all employers, particularly in construction and demolition work involving older buildings, identify the presence of asbestos containing materials. This should be done in advance of any works commencing, thereby allowing appropriate measures to be implemented to prevent exposure to asbestos by workers or anyone else who could be affected.”

Read article at, https://www.hsa.ie/eng/news_events_media/news/ press_releases_2020/%E2%82%AC100_000_fine_handed_down _following_asbestos_exposure.html

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