Contractor Fined For Poor Asbestos Assessment
Bedfordshire based contractor has been fined after failing to carry out suitable assessment of asbestos removal work.
Squibb Group Limited, of Stanford Le Hope, Essex was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £175,000 after being found guilty after a trial of a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sarah Robinson said: “The principal contractor and contractors on site did not review the survey report in detail, and did not take into consideration the multitude of caveats.
“Therefore, the work undertaken did not adopt the high standards of control expected for working where there was the potential to expose workers to asbestos.”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had the demolition work reported to 16 April 2015 by a member of the public which prompted an investigation into the work.
The investigation found that West did not adequately check the pre-demolition asbestos survey before carrying out the work, and did not follow advice to use a licensed asbestos removal contractor.
West, of Earwig Farm House, Pavenham, Bedford has pleaded guilty to breaching sections 5,7,8 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and has been fined £2970 and ordered to pay costs of £5419.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Alison Outhwaite said: “The safety failings in this case could have led to severe illness in later years. West not only put himself at risk to exposure but potentially to fellow workers and members of the public walking past. Duty holders have the responsibility to ensure that adequate assessments take place to avoid the risk of asbestos exposure. This includes checking the accuracy and clarity of any information provided by others