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REFURB COMPANY ‘JUMPED THE GUN’ AND REMOVED ASBESTOS

Unlicensed contractor prosecuted after two workers exposed to asbestos  

Refurbishment contractor, John Todd Ltd, of Powys has been prosecuted following an asbestos incident during refurbishment of an industrial unit in October 2010.

The firm were engaged to refurbish the building but when licensed licensed asbestos removal contractors arrived on site they found that two workers and company director John Todd had already started to remove the material.

Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court heard the company had taken no precautions to prevent the spread of fibres. Asbestos insulation boards had been prised off and timber studding with broken fragments of asbestos had been placed into an unprotected skip, together with broken floor tiles which also contained asbestos.

HSE attended the site and immediately stopped all work due to the risk to those working there.

‘Absolute disregard’ for health and safety

John Todd Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Nic Rigby said:

John Todd Ltd showed an absolute disregard for the health and safety of workers on the site by allowing work with asbestos to take place fully aware it was present.

It is well known throughout industry that exposure to asbestos fibres can cause premature death, yet this company chose to expose its workers to this risk.

The court recognised the severity of this appalling situation today. Exposure to asbestos can kill and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action against anyone found to have worked unsafely with the material.”

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One Response to “REFURB COMPANY ‘JUMPED THE GUN’ AND REMOVED ASBESTOS”

  1. HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 10th AUGUST 2011 | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

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