Poole company fined for asbestos exposure at former factory
The court heard that Poole investments plc allowed a series of people on a site, firstly with no access to the required asbestos survey and then in contravention to the information in a commissioned survey.
Poole Investments plc, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay a further £20,000 in costs after pleading guilty to three breaches of asbestos related regulations.
The company was fined for various safety breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulation 2006, after exposing workers to potentially fatal asbestos at a disused tile factory in the town. It was heard that Poole Investments plc allowed various workers and other personnel on to the site in Blandford Road, Poole, despite the absence of the required asbestos survey.
In May 2011, Poole Investments plc commissioned a Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey but meanwhile allowed work to take place on site and next to the damaged kiln before the survey was completed. It was reported that when the survey was made available to the company, even though it clearly stated asbestos debris was present and that the area should be made out-of-bounds, the workers were allowed continue activities at the premises.
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