What do you eat with your Bananas?!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013  |  Admin

Another Spider Scare for Kusten Vorland,Tarantula with your Banana's Sir?!

Kusten Vorland today surveyed a disused banana store in Huntworth Business Park Somerset. The surveying team set off from Cardiff early this morning with some trepidation!

After reading the Daily Mail we found this out;nearlier this week "a shopper had a terrifying moment when he picked up a bunch of supermarket bananas and found a large tarantula hanging off. Mark Drinkwater, 42, said he was left with his 'heart beating through his chest' after discovering the spider in the fruit and veg section of his local Lidl supermarket on Monday morning.

He claimed the spider was the size of his hand - although staff at the store said it was no more than a couple of inches. The tarantula, which is thought to have come with the imported bananas from Colombia, was caught by shop staff in a tupperware box and put in a freezer at the back of the store in Sydenham, south-east London. Mr Drinkwater said: 'I went into the store and picked up a few items. Then I went to the fruit and vegetable area and picked up some bananas. 'I started to pick them apart and then I realised there was a tarantula hanging from the side of the bananas,

'It was the size of the palm of my hand. It was hairy. It was scary enough. I shook the banana and the tarantula fell back into the box. It probably wasn't very happy having been thrown back in the box. 'At the time I didn't panic, I was relatively calm, but later I could feel my heart beating through my chest.' A Lidl shop worker last night told the Mail: 'I think the spider must have been quite cold, it was not moving much. I scooped it up into a tupperware box and we put it in the freezer.' 'The customer was quiet shaken I think.'"

 

 Ian Summers, Surveyor Creeping through the banana store!

 

The Daily Mail goes on... "

Most tarantulas are mildly venomous, with a bite that can be painful but has only in a few cases been fatal to humans. It is not the first time a spider has been found on supermarket bananas, which are imported from South America and the Caribbean. In 2008 a branch of Tesco in Chatham, Kent was forced to close after a terrified worker spotted a highly-venomous Brazilian Wandering Spider - the world's deadliest spider - on a banana. And last February a species known as a banana spider was found in fruit in an Edinburgh branch of Asda. Last night a spokesman for Lidl said: 'I can confirm that a tarantula was discovered at our Sydenham store on the morning of June 4, 2013. 'The spider was contained by members of our staff and placed in a food waste disposal freezer so as to ensure the safety of our customers.

'The RSPCA were informed and it was recommended that we speak with the British Arachnological Society (BAS) concerning the disposal of the spider.'On the advice of the BAS the spider remained in the waste disposal freezer for a length of time and was subsequently disposed of.'

Read Daily Mail article here 

 

 Colour chart on the wall of the disused banana store in Huntworth Business Park, Somerset.

 

It wasn't long ago that our surveyor Katie Parsons-Young found a potentially contaminated spider skin whilst carrying out a routine asbestos survey in a house in Roath, Cardiff. Katie today opted out of going into the banana store, she said "After I read Mr Drinkwaters story it brought my nightmares flooding back, there was no way I was going into the banana store today. There were attic areas, dark corners and a void behind the insulation- perfect hiding places for spiders. Luckily for me someone else volunteered to swap and I went to a house in Pentyrch instead"

Read Katie's shocking find in the Western Mail

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Thursday, 21 March 2013  |  Admin

A web of intrigue surrounds a gruesome discovery in a 19th century attic – where a large tarantula skin, potentially contaminated with asbestos, has been found.

The shock find was made during a routine survey by Cardiff asbestos specialists Kusten Vorland.

And a spider expert last night warned the beast that shed the skin could still be at large – and possibly twice the size.

Read more: Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/need-to-read/2013/03/21/asbestos-contaminated-tarantula-could-be-on-the-loose-in-cardiff-91466-33028980/#ixzz2O9iKAv00

Wednesday, 20 March 2013  |  Admin
Packing the spider samples for analysis!

Kusten Vorland team acting brave today, packing and logging contaminated spider shell samples

Tuesday, 19 March 2013  |  Admin

During a routine asbestos survey on a property in the Roath area of Cardiff; Kusten Vorland surveyors were faced with a scary situation. The property dating back to the 1800's is to undergo a full refurbishment this Spring to restore the 3 storey house to its former glory. Whilst investigating the attic area surveyor’s uncovered board suspected to contain asbestos used to house Spider carcasses.

The unusual find led to lead surveyor Katie Parsons-Young boycotting the survey and returning to the office. Katie said, "After watching the film Arachnophobia, I just can't go near them. I certainly wasn't expecting to find such big, hairy, scary creatures on my site today"

Friday, 18 January 2013  |  Admin
Kusten Vorland Snowfall Policy

It is business as usual at the Kusten Vorland offices today, my first call was 4am this morning. We were out clearing snowfall from heavy machinery and walkways to allow site work to continue with minimal disruption. The penalties on most of our sites for missing a deadline are financially heavy. Because of health and safety concerns we can’t carry on with usual outdoor site work but similar constraints apply to working in heavy rain. Operationally we are more prepared with lessons learned from the summer rainfall of 2012, with all of our roofing sites on stop for most of the summer, it hit us hard financially.

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