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    BUILDING OWNER FAILED TO CHECK FOR ASBESTOS

    Prison sentence for businessman after previous HSE enforcement

    A Manchester-based businessman has been prosecuted after failing to check whether asbestos was present in a building he owned before starting major refurbishment works.

    Manchester Magistrates heard how Mr Whaid Ahmed failed to survey his property at 1-3 Stephenson Square, Manchester for asbestos before carrying out renovations to the building between 1 April 2012 and 12 October 2017.

    Following an HSE routine inspection an asbestos survey was carried out which revealed large amounts of asbestos (some in very poor condition) indicating that asbestos could have previously been removed, from areas of the building already renovated, without any controls in place

    Well aware of asbestos duties 

    HSE investigators found that Mr Ahmed failed to identify the risks involved, and put appropriate measures in place to prevent exposure to asbestos. Mr Ahmed had been subject to “previous HSE enforcement action” over a similar issue and was well aware of his duties under the law.

    • Mr Whaid Ahmed – of Hale Barns, Altrincham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5(a), 11(1)(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Mr Ahmed was given a six months prison sentence, suspended for two years, sentenced to 250 community service hours and ordered to pay costs of £5,742.14.

    HSE inspector Matt Greenly said after the case:

    “This case highlights the importance of surveying a property for asbestos to prevent risk to anyone occupying or working in that building and to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos and contracting incurable diseases as a result of that exposure.”

     

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