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ASSESSMENT OF ASBESTOS RISK BELOW PAR

Contractor failed to check pre-construction demolition survey

A Bedfordshire based demolition contractor has been fined after failing to carry out a suitable assessment of asbestos removal work.

Luton Magistrates Court heard how Anthony West was contracted to undertake demolition work at a building in Biggleswade and procured a pre-demolition asbestos survey for the building.

Concerns over the demolition work were reported to HSE in April 2015 by a member of the public which prompted an HSE investigation.

HSE investigators found that Mr West did not adequately check the pre-demolition asbestos survey before carrying out the work, and failed to follow advice to use a licensed asbestos removal contractor.

Accuracy and clarity of information needs checking

West, of Earwig Farm House, Pavenham, Bedford has pleaded guilty to breaching sections 5,7,8 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012  and has been fined £2970 and ordered to pay costs of £5419.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Alison Outhwaite said:

“The safety failings in this case could have led to severe illness in later years. West not only put himself at risk to exposure but potentially to fellow workers and members of the public walking past.

Duty holders have the responsibility to ensure that adequate assessments take place to avoid the risk of asbestos exposure. This includes checking the accuracy and clarity of any information provided by others.”

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