Bath building contractors exposed workers to deadly asbestos dust after failing to implement an asbestos survey
Geoff Thomas and Son Ltd, of Bath, pleaded guilty to breeching asbestos related health and safety regulations and were ordered to pay fines and court costs totalling £5, 637
Geoff Thomas and Son Ltd exposed two of its employees to asbestos dust while working at a residential property in the city. They allowed the workmen to demolish a basement ceiling in New King Street without adequately checking for the presence of asbestos, in the form of a legally require Refurbishment and Demolition Survey and sent the pair to work on other jobs without decontaminating their clothes.
The court heard that Geoff Thomas and Son had been contracted by Curo Places Ltd (formerly Somer Community Housing Trust), to replace the ceiling and that two employees carried out the job using hand tools and pulled parts of the ceiling, which was later found to be asbestos containing material, down by hand.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigation found that even when the material could be asbestos containing , it sent the workers off to do other jobs without decontaminating their clothes or tools. Analysis of the material confirmed the presence of asbestos. Geoff Thomas and Son Ltd of Braysdown, Bath pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £637.
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