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BUILDING OWNER FAILED TO MANAGE PROJECT

Asbestos exposure caused by poor organisation and lack of skills

An industrial property owner has been prosecuted for exposing untrained workers to asbestos fibres following a series of failings at a building in Wales after a local Council notified HSE following concerns about the work.

Abergavenny Magistrates heard (21 February) that Mr Nasimul Karbani employed two workers and helped them to remove rubbish and debris from a site. The debris included a large amount of asbestos insulation board (AIB), which was cleaned up in an unsafe manner.

Mr Karbani did not hold a licence to deal with asbestos and failed to manage the risks involved in the clean-up. The men were not properly trained or equipped and were not decontaminated following the work.

Magistrates were told that Mr Karbani had information on asbestos in the building and was warned on two occasions that the work should not be carried out. 

Significant failings put lives at risk

Nasimul Karbani, from Chiltern View Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to four separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was fined a total of £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,015 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Steve Richardson said:

“Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause cancer, and around 4000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases. Those at work must ensure the risk of breathing in the fibres is therefore properly controlled.

Any work that involves asbestos must be planned and managed by competent personnel with the right training and experience. In this case, Mr Karbani demonstrated significant failings throughout the management of the project, which put the lives of other workers at risk.”

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