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LACK OF ASBESTOS SURVEY AND AWARENESS ENDS IN COURT

Work on AIB in uncontrolled manner exposed home occupiers to risk

D B Construction (West Wilts) Ltd has been prosecuted after an asbestos insulation board (AIB) ceiling was removed in an uncontrolled manner thereby putting employees, contractors the homeowners and their young children at risk of asbestos exposure. The company failed to investigate the presence of asbestos before work started and boards and debris were removed in open bags and left in the garden.

The court heard how an electrician raised concerns and arranged for the ceiling material to be analysed. An asbestos analyst visited the site and advised work should cease until the contaminated area had been cleaned of asbestos debris. HSE later confirmed the ceiling boards contained both ‘white’ and ‘brown’ asbestos.

Refurb contractors should be aware of asbestos

D B Construction (West Wilts) Ltd, of Bradford-on-Avon, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined £7,000 with £3,617 in costs.

HSE inspector, Helena Tinton said after the prosecution:

“Asbestos widely known to be a hazardous material and asbestos fibre exposure is linked to a number of serious diseases, including cancer and scarring of the lungs. As such, work with materials containing higher risk asbestos, including asbestos insulation board, is a licensed activity with work only carried out by trained people under tightly controlled conditions.

As a building contractor engaged in refurbishment work, D B Construction should have been aware of this and yet these ceiling boards were removed in an uncontrolled manner over a period of several hours, which resulted in the spread of airborne asbestos fibres inside and outside the property, leaving workers and the family at risk of exposure.”

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