A Portsmouth demolition firm has admitted putting its workers at risk of
James Site Services Ltd, of Spur Road in Cosham, illegally stripped 54 metres of potentially-deadly asbestos insulation board from a bungalow in Fareham.
It was fined a total of £500 with £1,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard that the company, which specialises in site preparation, had been hired to undertake a ‘soft strip’ and other preparatory tasks before refurbishment work began at the property.
But a routine inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) uncovered the danger to workers at the site.
Inspectors found that James Site Services did not hold a licence to remove asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
Although the firm correctly commissioned a survey to identify the presence of ACMs, which advised the use of a licensed contractor, it ignored these findings and carried out the work by itself – possibly exposing workers to the dangerous fibres.
Illnesses or diseases resulting from asbestos exposure in the workplace can take several years to develop.
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“HSE operates a highly-regulated license regime in order to ensure work with asbestos is carried out safely by a skilled, competent workforce,” said HSE Inspector Dominic Goacher after the hearing had taken place.
“It is vital companies are fully aware of not just the duty to get an asbestos survey done, but then to act on its findings. There is considerable free guidance from HSE to help.”
Source: Portsmouth News
Date Published: April 2, 2014
Author: David Brown