18 October 2007
Firm prosecuted for asbestos exposure
A building contractor from Preston has been prosecuted for health and safety violations after an incident in which two workers were exposed to asbestos.
Mr Mustaq Bargit, trading as M and B Builders, allowed work on a construction site to continue prior to the completion of an asbestos survey.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) became concerned during a visit that asbestos was present in a building that Mr Bargit's firm was operating in. This was later confirmed to be the case.
He was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,137 after being found guilty of the offence at Preston Crown Court.
HSE inspector Joanne Eccles stated: "Mr Bargit had been made aware of the possible presence of asbestos but failed to take the proper precautions necessary to deal with this danger."
According to HSE statistics, asbestos is the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in Britain.