A business man from Colwyn Bay, North Wales has been fined by Llandudno Magistrates’ Court for failing to manage asbestos material in the appropriate way.
The court fined the man £8,000 and ordered to pay £7,400 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that the individual was in the process of selling a business unit to another business.
A survey highlighted the presence of a large amount of asbestos insulation board (AIB).
The law requires that asbestos material is removed and disposed of by a licensed contractor. However, in this case the business man employed a general and unqualified contractor and this consequently lead to asbestos dust being dangerously spread within the interior of the unit.
After the case was heard, Chris Wilcox from the HSE said:
“The potentially lethal effects of exposure to asbestos are well known.”
“Anyone who owns or has control of non-domestic premises has a legal duty to manage the risk of asbestos in their buildings. When asbestos is removed, it must be done by someone who is trained and competent to do the work.”
Further information about asbestos can be found on the HSE website at: