Company fined for failure to prevent the spread of asbestos

A Linconshire town was put at risk after a property restoration and development company left loose, damaged asbestos in a skip in a busy thoroughfare

A property restoration and development company has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos in a busy thoroughfare of a Lincolnshire town.

J Hodgson and Sons Ltd, of Carre Street, Sleaford, disturbed asbestos insulating board during refurbishment work at the former White Hart pub in Southgate in the town and placed the material in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare in the early stages of stripping out the building. It was only when a surveyor visiting the premises acknowledged the risk and reported this to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that a Prohibition Notice stopping all work at the site. A licensed asbestos removal company was then instructed to take the material away.

Lincoln Magistrates’ Court today found J Hodgson and Sons Ltd guilty of two separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 for failing to prevent the spread of asbestos and exposure to it. They were fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sam Russell said:

“The company first put workers’ health at risk by disturbing asbestos and then that of the public by putting the insulation board in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare between a car park and Sleaford’s main shopping area. Asbestos-related diseases kill more than 4,000 people a year. Asbestos is still prevalent in many buildings and has to be managed correctly. Operatives and companies must be trained to work with this potentially deadly material to make sure no-one is put at risk.”

Here at Armco, we provide first class consultancy and advice in order to ensure that asbestos is identified and managed correctly.  We undertake Management and, Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys as well as bulk and single sampling analysis. We provide various types of mandatory training and respiratory mask face fitting. We all provide both licensed, and non-licensed remedial works and removals. Call the office for further details 0161 763 3727.

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Published Sep 12, 2012
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