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PLUMBER FAILED TO CHECK FOR ASBESTOS

Family put at risk of exposure to asbestos by contractor lack of awareness

A sole trader plumber has been prosecuted after failing to carry out an assessment to see if asbestos was present and in what form and condition when replacing a galvanized water tank in the loft of a house in in Nottingham.

Nottingham magistrates heard (13 May) that Dean Fisk was replacing the tank on 18 January 2012 with his co-worker / son and as part of the work they removed an asbestos box from around the tank by breaking some of the panels.

The loft became contaminated with fibres and licensed contractors was engaged to remove all traces of the asbestos at a cost to the home owner of £2,870. The home owner – a mother with a young son – lost a number of personal belongings including family photographs and items that had belonged to her late grandmother.

HSE found that Mr Fisk not received any asbestos awareness training.

Tradespeople have duty to protect themselves and public

Dean Fisk, 53, of Flawforth Avenue, Ruddington, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £2,870 to the home owner.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Kevin Wilson said:

“Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, accounting for around 4500 fatalities a year.

Tradespeople working in premises likely to contain asbestos have a duty to ensure they protect themselves and members of the public from risk of exposure to this hidden killer.

This family home would not have been contaminated if the asbestos had been identified by Dean Fisk before the work was started. Work could then have been undertaken without disturbing the asbestos or have been carried out by a suitably trained person.”

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