Durham firm fined for asbestos management failings
A Durham engineering company has been fined £11,000 after failing to manage the risks identified in an asbestos survey.
At a hearing at Darlington Magistrates’ Court, Blue Diamond Engineering Limited, of Shildon, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(8)(b) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
The Court heard that an asbestos survey was carried out at the company’s premises in 2006 and that it had been notified of the presence of asbestos containing materials.
It failed to act on the findings, so had no asbestos management plan in place. As a result, work subsequently undertaken at the premises had the potential to disturb the asbestos and put employees at risk, until the HSE intervened.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Michael Kingston said that the prosecution “should serve as a warning” to companies that asbestos risks must be properly managed.
“Whenever asbestos containing materials are found to be present, companies have a legal duty to document and implement an asbestos management plan which includes measures to adequately control the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres,” he explained.
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