College fined for health and safety breach

Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst College

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Stonyhurst College has been fined £100,000 over health and safety failings after one of its stonemasons developed a potentially fatal lung disease.

The 55-year-old from West Derby, near Liverpool, who has asked not to be named, was employed by Stonyhurst College for almost 12 years where he was exposed to high levels of silica dust. He was diagnosed with silicosis in July 2011 – four months before being made redundant by the college.

Stonyhurst was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation found that he and other stonemasons may have been exposed to more than 80 times the daily limit for silica dust.

 

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