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    ASBESTOS REMOVAL STARTED BEFORE R & D SURVEY

    Asbestos insulation board found outside building being refurbished

    A Bristol-based construction company has prosecuted for carrying out unlicensed asbestos work in July 2017.

    Bristol Magistrates heard how a project was undertaken to convert a public house into eight flats. A survey of the site on 13 July found waste materials, including asbestos insulation board outside the building.

    Asbestos containing materials, which would require a licence to remove, were also found to be present among the debris and in the building structure.

    Warned that asbestos survey needed

    HSE found the removal work was initiated under the control of T.W. Parker (Building & Groundworks) Ltd and was done prior to the refurbishment survey.

    Mr Parker of the company had been advised that a refurbishment survey was to be undertaken before works commenced but failed to request information from the client with regards to the potential presence of asbestos containing materials. This was despite some material being marked as containing asbestos.

    A licensed contractor was not engaged to undertake the asbestos removal works.

    • T.W. Parker (Building & Groundworks) Ltd – of Hicks Common Road, Winterbourne pleaded guilty to breaching Section 5, 8(1) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The company was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,264.60.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ian Whittles said:

    “The dangers associated with asbestos are well-known and a wealth of advice and guidance is freely available from the HSE website.

    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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