Barnstaple Magistrates’ court has fined a Barnstable gas engineer £450 and ordered to pay £921.40 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated an incident where a gas engineer disturbed asbestos material during the removal of a heating system. Despite being alerted by the residents, the engineer continued working and disposed of the material in bags and stored them in his yard.
The HSE told the court that no protective equipment was worn and he made no attempt to protect the residents from the potentially dangerous substance.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Simon Jones said:
“Tradesmen should always be aware that asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000.”
“Tradesmen should make enquiries as the presence of asbestos before starting work and if they suspect that they have come across asbestos during work they should stop work immediately and confirm what the material is and arrange for it to be dealt with by properly trained asbestos removers in a safe manner’
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