A specialist asbestos removal company has been hit with a substantial fine for exposing its workers to dangerous fibres.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ruled that Angus Group Ltd did not properly manage the removal of asbestos-containing materials during the demolition of the former Ermine Infants’ School on Thoresway Drive in Lincoln.
Inspectors visited the site in March 2012 and discovered a catalogue of safety breaches that led to the prosecution.
An asbestos survey was carried out before work began in order to identify the areas in the building containing asbestos.
It found that the end walls of the school’s main hall were covered in a spray-applied coating of asbestos. Recommendations were therefore made for this to be removed by a licensed contractor under safe, controlled conditions.
But HSE’s investigations discovered Angus Group Ltd ignored these recommendations.
The asbestos spray coating on the main hall walls was chiselled off using power tools without any screens, enclosures or air extraction systems in place. Asbestos-containing material was then bagged and carried to a skip outside.
HSE experts concluded the company’s safeguards to control the asbestos risks were seriously inadequate. This led to an unnecessary release and spread of dangerous asbestos fibres and dust around the site.
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In this case, Angus Group Ltd of Neilson Road, Paisley, Scotland, was found guilty of eight breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. It was fined a total of £109,000 and ordered to pay a further £42,100 in costs.