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WIDE RANGE OF PENALTIES IMPOSED ON ERRANT DIRECTOR

Director ignored asbestos safety and set out to deceive householders 

The director of a Kent firm has given a suspended jail sentence after removing asbestos without a licence and deceiving the householders by providing a ‘doctored’ air test saying the room was safe to re-enter.

Southwark Crown Court was told (13 Sept) that Absolute Asbestos Ltd was hired to remove all the asbestos insulation from the boiler room of a home in Camden. Mr Peter Horrey, the sole director of the firm, carried out the work over eleven days in July 2011.

The area was not effectively clean and decontaminate visible fibres were left presenting a danger to the householders and the plumbers due to start work in the boiler room.

A report provided by an analyst showed the site had failed. However, Mr Horrey provided a doctored report to the owners indicating it had passed the test and was safe for them to re-enter.

Inspector ‘appalled’ by reckless disregard for safety

Mr Horrey, of Bromley, Kent pleaded guilty to three breaches of the asbestos regulations between 18 and 29 July 2011 in London NW6. A six months’ prison sentence was imposed on each charge to run concurrently and suspended for two years. In addition he was: ordered to undertake 300 hours community service; given an electronic curfew between 9pm and 6am for three months; and ordered to pay £11,340 to the affected Residents’ Association in Camden and ordered to pay £10,160 costs.

HSE Inspector Dominic Elliss said he was appalled by Mr Horrey’s reckless disregard for safety in the full knowledge of the dangers caused by exposure to asbestos.

“He operated outside the safeguards provided by a licensing regime, failed to clean and decontaminate the work area and then lied to the residents of the property by providing an altered air safety test done by an analyst and informing them it was clear to re-enter.

He clearly set out to deceive these householders but, worse than that, he was apparently content to put them and the plumbers who had been booked shortly afterwards at risk.

Asbestos is not an historical threat. It is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and the dangers are well-known in the construction and property industries.”

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