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Builder fined £50k for asbestos breach

9 Jun 15 A construction firm has been fined after exposing workers to lethal asbestos fibres during the conversion of an office block into residential flats in Essex.

Marden Homes Ltd was commissioned to convert an office block into residential flats in Witham in July 2012. Work involved removing a disused boiler and its pipes from the building’s former plant room. During the refurbishment, employees of Marden Homes disturbed pipe lagging, which contained asbestos fibres.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Marden Homes Ltd at Chelmsford Magistrates Court after finding the company had not arranged for a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey to be available to the workers on site.  One of the workers involved had not received any training to enable him to identify whether the materials he was removing were liable to contain asbestos.

Marden Homes Ltd of 275 Prince Avenue, Westcliff on Sea, Essex was fined £50,000 with costs of £1,413 after pleading guilty to three breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

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