Chatham Magistrates’ Court has fined both a charitable trust and a contractor for safety failings when working with dangerous asbestos material.
The charitable trust was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,000 after pleading guilty to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the contractor employed by them, was fined £9000 and ordered to pay costs of £8000 after breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the trust was responsible for the running of an educational academy and the contractor was employed to refurbish part of the building.
The court was told that the trust had an asbestos register but this was not consulted. Additionally, the trust had failed to complete a survey regarding demolition and refurbishment. The asbestos information was not made available to the contractor before work started.
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