A home improvement company has been fined for the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.
Ace of Hearts Home Improvement Limited removed asbestos containing materials from a domestic property in St Albans in September 2015
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company was not licensed to remove asbestos but Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) soffits surrounding the underside of the guttering around the front, gable end and back of the property had been dismantled in an unsafe manner, creating the serious risk of respiratory exposure to asbestos fibres to the other two workers and the residents of the property (a family of four including two children).
Ace of Hearts Home Improvements Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) and Regulation 16 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in that it failed to comply with an improvement Notice.
The company was fined £100,00 and ordered to pay costs of £2,118.
Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their building so as not to put employees at risk. Contact our Armco office for asbestos management and refurbishment/ demolition surveys on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting http://www.armco.org.uk/.