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    FINE OVER INCORRECT AND MISLEADING SURVEY

    Specialist asbestos company failed to detect AIB on demolition project

    Greater Manchester Magistrates have heard how a specialist asbestos surveying company was commissioned to conduct refurbishment and demolition survey by a construction company who were contracted to demolish garages for a homes developer.

    The survey report stated that asbestos was only present in the cement roof sheets, there were no areas that could not be accessed, and that there was no asbestos insulation board (AIB) present in the garages.

    When the demolition work began in February 201 it was immediately stopped when ‘suspect material’ was found. A second asbestos surveying company was engaged and the survey confirmed the presence of large amounts of AIB in the demolition rubble.

    Easily avoided incident

    HSE investigators  found that the survey carried out by EAS Asbestos Limited was incorrect and misleading.

    • EAS Asbestos Limited – of Huthwaite, Sutton in Ashfield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £6,700 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £170.

    Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Jacqueline Western said

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”.

     

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