Refurbishment contractors warned about asbestos surveys

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Refurbishment contractors were reminded of the importance of asbestos surveys after a Cheshire-based company was fined £22,400 following an incident that resulted in asbestos being disturbed at a Suffolk school.

Labform Ltd of Lymm was managing a project at Newmarket College School’s science block in July 2012 when sub-contractors working on site disturbed the substance while removing a wall and channelling the floor.

As a result, workers, pupils and teachers were put at risk of being exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that Labform Ltd had failed to have the required refurbishment and demolition survey undertaken before commencing work.

The company was charged with four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. At a hearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on May 12th 2015, it pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £22,400 and ordered to pay £11,741 in costs.

HSE Inspector David King said the case demonstrated that it was “essential that dutyholders take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the disturbance, spread and exposure to asbestos”.

He added: “Failing to take action to identify asbestos while planning work, and to ensure that any contractors who may disturb asbestos are aware of the location and type of asbestos present, and not taking appropriate measures to protect the health of others, is totally inexcusable.”

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Published: 15th May 2015