Westminster Magistrates’ Court has fined two companies after dangerous asbestos material was disturbed during a conversion project in Romford, London during the summer of 2014.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and reported that two workers removed asbestos insulating board (AIB) from a commercial unit which was being converted into residential flats. The HSE told the court that the client had not advised the contractor of the presence of asbestos despite being aware.
The HSE advised that an asbestos survey had not been carried out and the two workers had not been provided with any protection thus, exposing them to significant health risks.
The court fined the first company £10,000 and were ordered to pay £1020.64 in costs with a £1,000 victim surcharge after breaching Regulation 10(1)(b) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
The second firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and were fined £5,000 with £974.44 in costs and a victim surcharge of £500.
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