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    INADEQUATE ASBESTOS SURVEY PROSECUTION

    Company fined after inaccurate asbestos survey leads to exposure

    Bestoff Services Ltd of Hertfordshire are now required to pay £5k in fines and prosecution costs after an asbestos survey in February 2008 wrongly reported that the site contained no asbestos.

    Construction workers began work on the site the following month and part of their job involved removing panels of fibrous board. The site manager became suspicious about the fibrous panels and they were analysed. The results showed they did contain asbestos. An additional survey was carried out which identified asbestos-containing materials in several areas throughout the building.

    HSE Inspector, Karen Morris, said: “this incident shows the importance of carrying out asbestos surveys before refurbishment work starts. In this case, the main contractor did the right thing by engaging a specialist asbestos surveying company, but was let down by them. It is vital that asbestos surveys are accurate and can be relied upon, in order to prevent this kind of inadvertent exposure.”

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