Darlington Magistrate court heard how Peter Wade from Durham had been fined for exposing members of the public to asbestos during a refurbishment of a residential property on South Parade, County Durham.
Whilst working on the loft space of the garage, the garage ceiling collapsed and Wade proceeded to break up the pieces and distribute them into waste bags.
Only afterwards did Wade realise it contained asbestos.
Investigation carried out
A full investigation into this incident took place on 14th March 2016 and concluded that Wade had failed to secure an asbestos survey prior to undertaking the project.
Peter Nigel Wade (trading as P.N Wade Building and Civil Engineering contractor) of Winston Rd, Staindrop, County Durham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and he was subsequently fined £267 and ordered to pay costs of £1,765.
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