Ipswich Magistrates Court has fined a Cheshire based laboratory design and installation company £22,400 and ordered to pay £11,741 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident which occurred in July 2012 and found that the firm had uncovered asbestos material while refurbishing a science block in a college in Newmarket. The Court heard that the firm had potentially exposed pupils, teachers and workers to dangerous asbestos fibres.
The HSE told the court that a detailed asbestos survey had not been carried out.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector David King said: “Exposure to asbestos fibres is a serious and well known health risk, so it is essential that duty-holders take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the disturbance, spread and exposure to asbestos.”
“Failing to take action to identify asbestos while planning work, and to ensure that any contractors who may disturb asbestos are aware of the location and type of asbestos present, and not taking appropriate measures to protect the health of others, is totally inexcusable.”
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