The failure to provide information about asbestos in a building has led to two companies being fined.
Kingsley Asbestos Services Limited (KAS), a licensed asbestos removal contractor, had been subcontracted by Bourne Valley Construction Services Limited (BVCS) to carry out work on a property in Leatherhead, Surrey, Staines Magistrates’ Court heard.
Failure to provide right information
KAS was tasked with removing asbestos containing materials and carrying out repair work on water damaged materials in the properties.
But during this work, they cut away a damaged pale coloured board in the kitchen. This turned out to be an Asbestos Insulation Board.
BVCS had failed to plan the work adequately and hadn’t passed on sufficient information to KAS, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found.
The court ruled that it was both BVCS and KAS’s responsibilities to arrange for a refurbishment and demolition survey of the property. Failure to do so meant that work was carried out without establishing the location, presence and extent of asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos kills thousands a year
HSE Inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers each year and around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.
“BVCS were in control of the works and should have provided information identified in such a survey or assessment regarding the presence of asbestos to KAS as their sub-contractor.”
BVCS pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 (2) of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay full costs.
KAS pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) (a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay full costs.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 13, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown