Failure to identify asbestos put workers at risk

Cardiff company fails to properly identify Asbestos

PHH Environmental (UK) Ltd was hired to perform an asbestos survey on the soon to be demolished Old Castle Cinema in Merthyr Tydfil between 15th and 25th January 2010.

Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court heard that PHH’s client relied on this survey to help its demolition company plan the work. But once demolition was underway, workers discovered asbestos and found they had disturbed it.

PHH Environmental (UK) Limited, of Cardiff, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

HSE inspector Steve Richardson investigated the case. He said:

“Anyone carrying out refurbishment or demolition work relies upon accurate asbestos surveys to reduce the risk of them being exposed to deadly asbestos fibers. It is essential that those surveys are comprehensive, intrusive and undertaken by competent persons.  If not lives are needlessly put at risk.”

 

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Published Apr 10, 2012
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