Company fined for failing to manage asbestos at Tyneside site

Midlothian company fined by HSE over failure to manage asbestos

Exova (UK) Limited (of Midlothian) was fined £36,000 plus £8000 costs after it pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

The laboratory testing firm has been prosecuted after putting workers at its Tyneside premises at risk of exposure to asbestos.

Newcastle magistrates court heard how the companies own asbestos testing branch had carried out a previous survey identifying asbestos in 2008 and again in 2010 yet when HSE Andrew Woodhall visited the site on 15th July 2010 and found the recommendations of the two earlier surveys had still not been implemented and employees were still accessing and working in areas where damaged asbestos was present.

 

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Published Apr 10, 2012
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