Stockport heating firm fined for asbestos failings

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Heating companies have been reminded of the importance of using licensed asbestos contractors, after a Stockport firm was fined £8,000 for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Flueclean Installations Services Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(1) and 11(1) at Trafford Magistrates’ Court in relation to an incident that resulted in two of its engineers being exposed to asbestos during a project at a Manchester school.

The company was contracted to replace boilers at the school, but failed to carry out a proper risk assessment before undertaking the work. Had it done so, it would have identified the presence of asbestos and the need to call in a licensed asbestos contractor.

As a result, two of its engineers removed the side panels from the boilers without realising that there was asbestos insulation on the casing and were exposed to asbestos.

Speaking after Flueclean was fined £4,000 for each breach and ordered to pay £3,517 in costs, Health and Safety Executive inspector Kevin Jones criticised the company for failing to take the steps needed to identify asbestos risks on site.

“Contractors have a duty to ensure they protect their workers from the risk of exposure to asbestos and must properly plan any work which is likely to disturb it,” he said.

“In this case, Flueclean Installations Services Limited failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment which if they had would have clearly identified that the work should have been carried out by a licensed asbestos contractor. As a result of this failing, two of their operatives were exposed to asbestos.”

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Published: 3rd August 2015