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Builder jailed after unlicensed asbestos removal job

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A builder has been jailed for 26 weeks after workers were exposed to asbestos fibres while undertaking an unlicensed asbestos removal job.

Brian Roberts, of 123 Bryniau Road, Llandudno, was sentenced at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court this week, having earlier pleaded guilty to breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 in relation to work carried out in September 2012.

The Court heard that Roberts had been employed by the owner of a unit on Eagle Farm Road, Mochdre Business Park to remove a significant quantity of asbestos insulating board (AIB) from the building prior to it being sold.

He accepted the job despite not having the appropriate licence to work with AIB and as a result of the work being carried out without the proper controls being implemented, Roberts and three colleagues were exposed to asbestos fibres.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was alerted to the unlicensed work and launched an investigation, which eventually resulted in Roberts being given a custodial sentence.

HSE inspector Chris Wilcox was highly critical of Roberts, accusing him of putting workers at risk of developing life-threatening lung diseases in the coming years.

Mr Wilcox added: “The safe removal of asbestos requires a high level of skill and technical knowledge and must be done by a contractor licensed by HSE.

“Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. There are specific rules in place to make sure it is dealt with safely and contractors have a duty to ensure they protect their workers from risk of exposure.”

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Published: 16th June 2015