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    CONTRACTORS IGNORED ASBESTOS RISK

    Asbestos pipe lagging worked on without licence and proper precautions

    Two men have sentenced after removing asbestos pipe lagging without taking the necessary precautions to reduce exposure to asbestos at a residential property in County Durham during June and July 2016.

    Teesside Magistrates heard how the two were carrying out refurbishment work. When the ceiling of a room was removed pipework was found wrapped in lagging. Samples taken of the lagging confirmed it contained asbestos.

    HSE investigators found that the contractors removed the lagging despite knowing it contained asbestos.  Neither man held a licence to undertake this type of work nor did they have the necessary training.

    5000 premature asbestos deaths pa

    The investigation also found the asbestos removal was carried out without the required measures in place to reduce exposure to asbestos, thereby putting themselves and the house owner at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

    • Brian Michael John Barry – of Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 8(1) and 11(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £576 and ordered to pay costs of £847 costs.
    • David Jonathan Storey – Prudhoe, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 8(1) and 11(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £692 and ordered to pay costs of £844.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Andrea Robbins said

    “Asbestos is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 5,000 workers each year.

    In this case, it was foreseeable that, in the absence of measures to reduce asbestos fibres becoming airborne during removal of the pipe lagging, that people were at risk of being exposed to them. It was reasonably practicable for the work to have been removed by a licensed asbestos removal contractor under fully controlled condition thus reducing the risk of exposure to asbestos.

    Our website and other publications clearly state that asbestos pipe lagging should only be removed by a licensed asbestos removal contractor, by trained asbestos operatives, and under fully controlled conditions to reduce exposure to asbestos.”

     

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