Company fined for failings in dealing with asbestos during refurbishment
As reported and published by the HSE company in Oxford has been fined after disturbing asbestos insulation board (AIB) at a school.
According to this report Amey Communities Limited (ACL) were contracted to carry out roof refurbishment at Lings Primary School in Northampton. During the course of the refurbishment workers from ACL disturbed AIB in a plant room.
An investigation by the HSE into the incident found failings in ACL’s project management arrangements. These included failing to monitor and identify ACM during the roof refurbishment work and failing to ensure key personnel had suitable asbestos awareness training.
ACM pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was subsequently fined £20,000 and ordered to pay further costs.
HSE inspector commented after the hearing: “The serious health risks of asbestos which is a class one carcinogen are well-known and publicised. Any maintenance or construction work undertaken in buildings built before 2000 must consider and manage the risk of possible asbestos containing materials. It is important this material is considered at every stage of a construction project and failure to do so places workers, buildings occupants and the public at risk to possible exposure to asbestos fibres.”
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