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    DIRECTOR AND COMPANY FINED FOR ASBESTOS RISK

    HSE refurbishment campaign inspection revealed asbestos offences

    Two Greater Manchester companies and their sole director have been fined after failing to manage asbestos safely during the refurbishment of a converted mill in Oldham in July 2018 .

    Manchester Magistrates heard that an unannounced visit during a refurbishment campaign by HSE found that no asbestos survey had been carried out prior to work commencing. A Prohibition Notice was issued preventing any access into the building until an asbestos assessment undertaken.

    Asbestos “throughout the site”

    HSE investigators found that chrysotile asbestos had previously been identified in concrete panels removed from the front of the building. Despite this fact, work continued without any asbestos assessments being carried out.

    An asbestos assessment following the HSE visit found chrysotile throughout the site and the presence of amosite asbestos. An asbestos removal company was engaged to ensure that these were removed safely.

    • The Greenfield Centre Limited – of Oldham pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1758.41.
    • Titan MCR Limited – of Oldham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6, 11(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The company was sentenced to £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1758.41.
    • Mark Hirst – director of Oldham pleaded guilty of breaching regulations 6, 11(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.   He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1758.41.

    HSE inspector Rose Leese-Weller said after the hearing:

    “Mark Hirst and his two companies failed to identify the risks involved and put appropriate measures in place to prevent exposure to asbestos. This case highlights the importance of surveying a property for asbestos to prevent risk to anyone working in that building and to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos.

    When asbestos is disturbed, fibres are released into the air where they can be inhaled and may penetrate the lungs. This can cause serious diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. These diseases do not have an immediate effect, they often take a long time to develop, and are often fatal.”

     

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