Cheshire based GrowHow have been found guilty of an asbestos related health and safety breech, amongst other breeches, after refurbishment and demolition work was allowed to commence without the commissioning of the appropriate asbestos survey.
It was reported that contractors had been demolishing brickwork and insulation boards for two days, using hammers, chisels and crow bars, before a bricklayer raised concerns that asbestos may be present. Once the material was confirmed as, the workers were ordered to leave the site and all of their protective clothing and equipment was bagged up and destroyed due to the risk of contamination.
GrowHow UK Ltd was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £17,094 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to one breach of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 on 4 October 2013.
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Published Oct 21, 2013