Two fined for asbestos breaches
Two companies have been fined after unsafe asbestos work was carried out on a property in Leatherhead, Surrey.
Staines Magistrates’ Court heard how Kingsley Asbestos Services Ltd (KAS) was working as a subcontractor to Bourne Valley Construction Services Ltd (BVCS).
KAS removed some asbestos-containing materials and agreed to carry out repair works on other water damaged materials within the properties. During works to cut away damaged wall coverings in the kitchen, one of the workers cut into a pale coloured board, which subsequent testing proved it to be asbestos insulation board.
A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that BVCS had failed to plan the work and pass on appropriate information to KAS. It was the responsibility of both BVCS and KAS to arrange for a refurbishment and demolition survey. As a consequence, work was carried out without establishing the location, presence and extent of asbestos-containing materials on site.
HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers each year and around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure. BVCS were in control of the works and should have provided information identified in such a survey or assessment regarding the presence of asbestos to KAS as their subcontractor.”
Bourne Valley Construction Services Ltd of Salisbury, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 (2) of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay full costs.
Kingsley Asbestos Services Ltd of Ferring in Worthing pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) (a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay full costs.
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This article was published on 3 Apr 2017 (last updated on 3 Apr 2017).