Sussex estate agent fined for the spread of asbestos

Brain Marshall, the Director of Supply on Demand estate agents, has been fined a total of £18, 449 for failing to implement an asbestos survey prior to the demolishing of a building.

Brian Marshall, the Director of Supply on Demand estate agents, has been fined after failing to manage the spread of asbestos during the demolition of a building. Brighton Magistrates Court heard that Mr Marshall instructed a worker to dismantle a building at Bluebell Business Estate, Uckfield, with an excavator. Contrary to the asbestos regulation, no asbestos survey was implemented prior to the commencement of the work and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) were disturbed during the demolition.

A HSE investigation found that Mr Marshall was told about his duty to manage asbestos by Lewes District council in September 2008. He even obtained a quote in February 2011 for an asbestos refurbishment survey on another project nearby.  Brian Marshall, aged 44, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,449.

After the hearing, HSE’s Inspector Russell Beckett said “Asbestos can be difficult to identify unless you are trained and competent to do so. Before any demolition or dismantling work starts, an assessment must be carried out to establish whether asbestos is present.  A survey will tell you whether asbestos is present and what to do about it”.

Here at Armco we provide asbestos related services such as consultancy and advice, training and surveying. All commercial buildings are required by law to have a Management Survey carried out to ensure that all asbestos is identified and a plan to manage the asbestos, dependant on the type and condition of the material, can be devised. In addition, the survey acts as a register to ensure the material is clearly documented and monitored in line with asbestos law.

This case outlined the need for a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey to be implemented prior to the refurbishment and demolition of any property built before the year 2000. This ensures that all the asbestos is identified and the correct procedures to restore/remove are implemented. Contact the Armco office for further details on 0161 763 3727.

 

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Published Jun 29, 2012
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