Two firms have been fined following serious failings in their handling of asbestos.
Northampton magistrates heard that Durasteel Services had been contracted by Lifting Systems to revamp an asbestos cement roof at its Crown Works facility in the town’s Far Cotton.
Inspectors at the site found that debris had been piled up in skips, while the insulation boarding had been stored on the site.
After the inspection on October 22, 2013, further work was halted by a prohibition notice.
Although Lifting Systems had contracted Durasteel Services, the firm had undertaken much of the refurbishment including the removal of the majority of old cement roofing panels.
Furthermore, its asbestos register was not up to date, and a survey was not carried out on demolition and refurbishment.
Durasteel failed to assess the potential for asbestos being disturbed and effective controls were not put in place. Neither company was licensed to remove asbestos.
Lifting Systems Ltd was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £523 in costs after admitting health and safety breaches, while Durasteel Services was fined £10,000 with a further order for £523 in costs for admitting similar breaches.
Twenty tradespeople die every week from diseases related to asbestos, and many firms are subject to compensation claims from those affected. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to contact Accident Advice Helpline about making a claim.
Date Published: December 24, 2014
Author: David Brown