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CONTRACTOR DID NOT REFER TO ASBESTOS SURVEY

Unlicensed company removed ACM from school ceiling

Clarks Construction Limited has been prosecuted after the company removed an asbestos ceiling in a school despite not being legally approved to do the work.

Luton Magistrates heard that the company was contracted by the Board of Governors of Caddington Village School to refurbish changing rooms, toilets and associated areas at the school complex.

The school arranged for a specific refurbishment survey to be carried out for the presence of asbestos which identified the presence of asbestos in a ceiling of one of the rooms.

Work started without consulting school

Clarks Construction Limited removed the ceiling in August 2013 without consultation with the school or effective reference to the asbestos survey.

Clarks Construction Limited, of Windsor Street, Luton, was fined a total of £3,300, and ordered to pay £662 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for carrying out the work which, given the inherent level of risk involved, requires a licensed contractor.

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