Unlicensed demolition firm found guilty of putting workers at risk of asbestos exposure after removing asbestos containing materials without a license
A routine visit by the Health and Safety Executive find firm stripping asbestos containing material illegally
James Site Services Ltd, of Cosham, have been found guilty of breeching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigation found the demolition firm had stripped more than 50 metres of potentially-deadly asbestos board without the legally required license and potentially putting workers at risk.
The HSE launched an investigation after a routine visit to the site in Fareham, Hampshire and found that James Site Services had adhered to the asbestos law and commissioned a survey to identify the presence of ACMs, which made the recommendation in line with government guidelines to employ a licensed contractor under fully controlled conditions. The court heard that the firm chose to ignore the findings and carried out the work themselves even though they did not have the correct training and required licensed.
It was reported that this action had lead to various workers being exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres. James Site Services Lt, of Spur Road, Cosham, Hampshire, was fined a total of £500 with £1,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
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