A Hove-based company has been fined after it removed asbestos without a valid licence.
Asbestos Damage Limitations Ltd, trading as ADL, took down a ceiling that contained the dangerous material at a property in Dyke Road, Hove, between 22 and 25 October 2013, putting workers and members of the public at risk.
Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard how the firm’s licence to remove asbestos had expired in September that year, while its application for another one was refused just three weeks before the work began.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) declined to grant a new licence due to inadequate performance on behalf of the company.
Its subsequent investigation, which followed a complaint that an unlicensed contractor was carrying out asbestos removal work, revealed a series of safety breaches.
Asbestos Damage Limitations Ltd, Coleridge Street, Hove, East Sussex, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after admitting breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Dangers of asbestos exposure
Working with asbestos is extremely dangerous, so employers need to ensure a high degree of regulatory control.
Asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, are the cause of around 4,500 deaths each year in the UK.
Anyone who has worked with asbestos in the past, even just for a day, is advised to pay a visit to their doctor. After all, it can take years for the consequences of asbestos exposure to come to the fore.
If you have suffered any ill-effects due to working with asbestos, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has a wealth of experience dealing with such claims, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
HSE says non-compliance with asbestos-licensing requirements is not acceptable and it will continue to enforce the law to protect both workers and members of the public.
Source: The Argus