Council fined for failing to implement recommendations made in an Asbestos Survey
Staff and workers at a school in Essex were put a risk for 6 years, after the recommendations in an Asbestos Survey were ignored, leaving asbestos debris in the boiler room
Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting it failed to manage asbestos across its schools, putting the lives of teachers and workers at risk.
On 1st March 2013 the court heard that concerns regarding asbestos debris in a boiler room at Stifford Clays Junior School were raised but no action was taken. An asbestos related Management Survey was implemented in the school in 2004 which identified the dust and debris in the boiler room as containing asbestos fibres, recommending that it removed immediately under licensed conditions.
However six years later, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection found that nothing had been done. The court heard that school staff and contractors alike regularly entering the boiler room in the intervening period.
Thurrock Council, of Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, was fined a total of £35,000 and ordered to pay £15,326 in costs after pleading guilty to a various breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012).
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