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    CLIENT FAILED TO PROCURE ASBESTOS SURVEY

    Demolition work released large quantities of asbestos fibres

    A landlord and building contractor have been fined after large quantities of asbestos fibres were released from the demolition of a conservatory at a rented property.

    Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how the landlord commissioned a building contractor to replace a conservatory containing asbestos panels at a property in Selly Oak, Birmingham between Friday 18 August and Tuesday 29 August 2017.

    Asbestos was spread as the panels were removed in a haphazard and uncontained way.

    Client and contractor both failed

    HSE investigators found that the landlord failed to commission an asbestos survey prior to the work beginning and the contractor started work without the results of a survey being available.

    The contractor took no precautions and asbestos was spread to the home, contents and the adjoining property.

    • Wah Kei Dany Ng – of Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and has been fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £607.21.
    • Jasvir Singh Sangha – of Tunnel Road, West Bromwich pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and has been sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £596.61.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Gareth Langston said

    “Asbestos surveys need to be carried out prior to any construction work which disturbs the fabric of a structure.”

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