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    CONTRACTOR FAILED TO IDENTIFY ASBESTOS PRESENCE

    ACMs disturbed during works and firm failed to take suitable actions

    A building contractor has been fined £185,000 after failing to carry out the correct procedures when asbestos containing material (ACM) was found during the refurbishment of a Bedford school building in August 2015.

    Luton Crown Court heard SDC Builders Ltd failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment to identify the presence of asbestos in all areas of the building where work was to be carried out. The procedures required under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 were not carried out.

    Pre-2000 buildings are high risk

    The ACM was disturbed during the course of the work. The company failed to ensure all workers were informed and did not take the necessary measures to control access into the area until remedial actions were taken.

    • SDC Builders – pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 and Regulation 15 of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The company has been fined £185,000 and ordered to pay costs of £28,118.74.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Alison Outhwaite said:

    “Asbestos remains the top cause of fatal illness because of exposure in the workplace.

    It is important that contractors responsible for refurbishment of premises constructed before 2000 identify whether asbestos is present and take the appropriate action to prevent exposure.”

     

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