A construction contractor has been fined £50,000 for ignoring asbestos safety rules, leaving a firm susceptible to potential asbestos claims being made against them.
The potentially lethal material was found in a basement area at an independent girls’ school in Surrey.
Buxton Building Contractors Ltd undertook refurbishment work at Woldingham school in Caterham in 2011. It commissioned an expert survey to identify the presence of asbestos in the building, but didn’t act when the findings were positive.
The business allowed unrestricted access to a variety of different builders, including a teenage apprentice, to work in the vicinity.
One employee finally raised the alarm when he broke through the ceiling and found asbestos insulation boarding.
Safety team probed asbestos claims
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the asbestos claims, which were unearthed on July 21, 2011.
On Monday 13 January, it prosecuted Buxton at Guildford Crown Court for safety breaches.
Buxton Building Contractors Ltd was appointed the main contractor for a project to revamp the school’s dining area and kitchen.
The area was cordoned off by a licensed asbestos contractor after the workman found the presence of the asbestos insulation board.
Buxton Building Contractors Ltd, of Caterham, was also ordered to pay £26,217 after admitting a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to plan, manage and properly monitor building work at the school.
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