The safety of demolition workers was put at risk by the presence of dangerous asbestos material, a court was told.
The workers demolishing the house at Woking in Surrey were also in danger of falling from an unprotected roof, Redhill Magistrates’ Court was told.
Kent-based ICG Construction Management Services Ltd, the building firm overseeing the demolition work, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
No separate penalty was imposed on the company, but its managing director, Daniel Lautier, of Sevenoaks, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,044 after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
No measures to stop fall
Magistrates heard the failings came to light after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector had driven past the partly demolished two-storey building, which belonged to Mr Lautier, and observed the conditions in June 2014. The inspector served a prohibition notice, immediately stopping any work at roof level.
The court heard the inspector had seen three workers standing on top of the building, throwing materials to the ground, with no measures in place to protect them from falling more than six metres.
The court was told that the HSE had also served a notice to ensure an asbestos survey was carried out. It heard asbestos found on the site may have caused serious long-term health problems to workers and passers-by who could have been exposed to its dust had it not been removed before the demolition.
Working at height
The court heard that a subsequent HSE investigation had shown there was no proper system of work drawn up for the work.
It was also told men were working at height with no measures in place to stop them falling. The HSE said at one point there were no on-site welfare facilities as well as inadequate planning and supervision.
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