Trafford Magistrates’ Court has fined a self employed Gas Safe Registered Heating Engineer £5000 with £3000 costs after pleading guilty to Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) held an investigation into how the gas engineer was employed to install a new heating system in a domestic property. The HSE told the court that old pipework, which was lagged with asbestos, was removed by using a powered electric saw. The redundant pipework was then taken through the property and left outside on the driveway.
The court heard that the engineer did not have any training in the recognition and removal of asbestos. He therefore exposed himself and potentially the residents, to a dangerous material. The property was in need of a thorough decontamination requiring the residents to move out to alternative accommodation.
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