A man has been jailed after a contractor alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of his unlicensed asbestos removal work.
In 2012, Brian Roberts was employed by the owner of a commercial unit at Mochdre Business Park, Llandudno to remove asbestos from the building prior to sale. He had three men working with him on the job.
Mr Robert did not hold a licence to carry out such work. The HSE was alerted to situation by a contractor who was licensed to remove asbestos.
Their investigation discovered Mr Roberts had removed a large amount of asbestos insulating board despite not holding a licence to work with such material.
These actions had exposed not only himself, but also the workers to the dangers of asbestos.
Appearing at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court, Mr Roberts pleaded guilty to breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was given a custodial sentence of 26 weeks for his actions that endangered others.
HSE inspector Chris Wilcox said Mr Roberts had exposed himself and his co-workers to the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres by undertaking the uncontrolled removal of asbestos.
He added the outcome of this exposure cannot easily be assessed but there remains the possibility of ill health in the future, while the workers could also have posed a health risk to others through contaminated clothing.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown