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FINED OVER LACK OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN

Disturbance of ACMs revealed management failure

Blue Diamond Engineering Limited has been fined after the company failed to document or manage the asbestos risks to employees or visitors to the company factory.

Darlington Magistrates heard how the company was notified of the presence of asbestos materials during a survey carried out at the company’s factory premises in 2006.

Work undertaken at the premises had the potential to disturb the hazardous asbestos materials but the firm had not documented or implemented an Asbestos Management Plan to control the risk of exposure to ACMs.

Legal duty to document and implement plan

Blue Diamond Engineering Limited, of Shildon, was fined a total of £11,000, with costs of £1,610 after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 4(8)(b) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Speaking after the hearing Health and Safety Executive Inspector Michael Kingston said:

“Asbestos kills around 5,000 workers each year, this is more than the number killed on UK roads. Asbestos can be present within any premises built or refurbished before the year 2000.

This prosecution should serve as a warning to companies to properly manage the risks of asbestos exposure.

Whenever asbestos containing materials are found to be present, companies have a legal duty to document and implement an Asbestos Management Plan which includes measures to adequately control the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.”

 

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