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    ASBESTOS REMOVAL FIRM IN MULTIPLE BREACH

    Director sentenced to prison term and company fined £100k

    Sarum Asbestos Limited (SAL), an asbestos removal company, and a Director of the company have been sentenced after licensable asbestos materials were removed in an unsafe manner in March 2013.

    Winchester Crown Court heard HSE was contacted by a concerned employee of a construction company hired to demolish the Forresters Respite Centre in Hythe where SAL was contracted to conduct an asbestos survey and arrange for the removal of any identified asbestos material before demolition work began.

    HSE found that SAL had undertaken similar work in other locations and failed to ensure that this work with asbestos was undertaken in a safe manner by competent personnel.

    The company also failed to undertake further testing on these sites to ensure that the asbestos had been removed safely and thereby placed workers at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres and put members of the public at risk.

    Director ignored legal requirements

    The HSE investigation also found the company’s Director, Jeremy Uphill, ignored the legal requirements for the licensed removal of asbestos containing material.

    • Sarum Asbestos Limited – of Pound Lane, Charlton All Saints, Wiltshire pleaded guilty to the six charges and was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £31,000.
    • Jeremy Uphill – of Pimperne, Dorset also pleaded guilty to the same six charges, and was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment suspended for two years.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Adam Wycherley said:

    “Both the company and Director have failed to protect their workers and members of the public on a number of occasions and as a result placed them at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

    Work with the material the company identified should have been subcontracted to a qualified licensed asbestos removal company.

    Around 3000 people a year die from asbestos related disease and it is a well-known risk within the construction industry, there is no excuse for putting people at risk when the hazards can be controlled with careful management during work with asbestos containing materials.”

     

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