Construction Firm in Court After Potential Asbestos Exposure
Date: 12th June 2015 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Health and Safety
A construction firm has been fined after it exposed workers to potentially lethal asbestos fibres during the conversion of an office block into residential flats.
Part of the conversion work involved removing a disused boiler and its pipes from the building’s former Plant Room. During the refurbishment work, employees disturbed pipe lagging which contained asbestos fibres.
The HSE prosecuted Marden Homes Ltd after finding the company had not arranged for a Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey to be available to the workers on site.
The employees were therefore unable to determine if it was present before removing the disused boiler and pipework potentially exposing themselves, and other workers, to asbestos fibres.
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.
The HSE had previously advised the company on the need for a Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey to be carried out prior to undertaking work liable to disturb asbestos. The company also received an Improvement Notice requiring them to provide their employees with asbestos awareness training.
Marden Homes Ltd was fined £50,000 with costs of £1413 after pleading guilty to three breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.