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Landlord fined for asbestos management failings in Lincoln property

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A landlord has been fined £50,000 after its failure to manage deteriorating asbestos containing materials in one of its Lincolnshire properties resulted in the tenants being exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos dust.

At a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Blankney Estates Ltd of Leicester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found it had failed in its duty to ensure the house in Scopwick was in a safe condition.

The judge fined the company £50,000 and ordered it to pay £20,000 in costs after the Court heard that a three-year-old girl was among the tenants exposed to asbestos.

HSE inspectors discovered that the risk from deteriorating asbestos containing materials in the home had not been properly managed and that the removal of an asbestos-lagged tank was not properly planned or completed in a safe manner.

The contractors who removed the tank were also prosecuted for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2006.

Adam and John Thurlby, directors of a family-owned demolition company ART Dismantling Co Ltd, were each fined £12,500 for five CAR offences, while plumbing company Michael Grace Ltd was fined £10,000 after pleading guilty to three breaches of CAR.

The removal of asbestos containing materials, particularly those in a poor condition, can only be carried out by trained workers within strict guidelines to help keep the public, tenants and workers safe.

BLS Asbestos is a licensed asbestos removal contractor with experience of working on domestic and major commercial projects. For more information about our services or to request a quote, please call us on 01484 400558 or contact us via the website.

Published: 26th October 2015