I previously wrote about a Suffolk firm that was fined after exposing workers to dangerous and hazardous asbestos material during their employment. Recently, a different company has failed to comply with the same regulations.
Drewhaven Limited breached Regulation 4 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 as well as breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 etc by failing to comply with the proper and same removal of asbestos from a hostel it owned in Queensbury Place, London. As a result it was fined £39,000 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs and victim surcharge.
The Hostel failed to have in place an asbestos survey as well as being in poor condition with no Health and Safety system in place. Despite works and enforcement notices being issued the owners failed to comply within time and when an asbestos survey was undertaken it identified asbestos materials.
Even when the asbestos was identified, its removal was undertaken by unlicensed contractors without the proper controls to ensure the safety of the contractor, employees or even guests. The Council’s Environmental Health department found evidence of asbestos containing debris and dust in six rooms.
Again, this is a blatant risk to all concerned including its own employees and guests who are unaware of the potential exposure to asbestos. Local and small business operators who attempt to remove asbestos through unlicensed companies will be caught out and fined.
It is essential that asbestos is properly identified, managed and where necessary removed by specialist licensed asbestos removal contractors as soon as practicable, to reduce any potential exposure.
Anyone exposed to asbestos should register their exposure as soon as possible. Slater and Gordon maintain a National Asbestos Register and you can register free of charge by calling Dominic Smith on freephone 0800 884 0275
Alison Kerr is a Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in asbestos compensation claims at Slater and Gordon in London.
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