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    REFURB PROJECT REQUIRED ASBESTOS ASSESSMENT

    Property management firm fined over lack of asbestos survey

    A property management company has been sentenced after failing to carry out an asbestos survey prior to undertaking extensive refurbishment works in April and May 2017.

    Huntingdon Magistrates how the defendant undertook construction work at two properties, one of which was part of a medical centre in Peterborough. The company failed to carry out an asbestos survey for either property, both of which were likely to contain asbestos.

    Identify the presence of asbestos

    HSE investigators found the company undertook and carried out construction which was likely to disturb asbestos containing materials during the strip out and part demolition of the two properties.

    SHOWS EXTENT OF REFURBISHMENT WORK

    Despite this, the company failed in its duty to carry out an asbestos survey for either property.

    • Thistlemoor Healthcare and Management Ltd – of Thistlemoor Road, Peterborough pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and has been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,805.60.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Samantha Wells said:

    “The risk of exposure to asbestos could so easily have been avoided if the company had carried out a suitable and sufficient asbestos assessment to identify the presence of asbestos within properties prior to commencing refurbishment work.

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

     

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