A North Wales builder has been found guilty of breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and sentenced to a 26 week custodial sentence by Llandudno Magistrates’ Court.
The sentence follows a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation which revealed that the builder exposed three employees to asbestos material in September 2012. The workers were employed to remove the asbestos material from a business unit in Mochdre near Colwyn Bay.
The HSE told the court that the builder removed a significant amount of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) without being qualified to do so.
After the case was heard Chris Wilcox from the HSE stated:
“The safe removal of asbestos requires a high level of skill and technical knowledge and must be done by a contractor licenced by HSE.”
“Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. There are specific rules in place to make sure it is dealt with safely and contractors have a duty to ensure they protect their workers from risk of exposure.”
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