Manchester construction contractor fined for asbestos disturbance
A Manchester-based construction company and its client have been fined a combined total of £165,000 for failing to have an asbestos survey completed prior to carrying out demolition work.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that food manufacturer Mizkan Euro Ltd failed to provide the required information to contractor D H Welton & Co Ltd before work commenced on a project to remove tanks from a factory.
The job included an external wall being demolished, so a refurbishment / demolition asbestos survey should have been undertaken before the work was planned.
However, Mizkan Euro only supplied an asbestos management survey and the contractor relied on that to plan the work, rather than commissioning its own demolition survey.
When the external walls were demolished, asbestos insulation board was disturbed and a specialist asbestos contractor subsequently found the material in a skip with standard waste.
If the correct survey had been undertaken prior to the job being started, the requirement for a licensed asbestos removal contractor to be appointed to safely remove the materials before demolition would have been identified.
At a hearing at Stafford Crown Court, D H Welton & Co Ltd of Failsworth, Manchester admitted breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and regulation 5(1)(a) Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined a total of £45,000.
Mizkan Euro Ltd of Chiswick, London pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and was fined a total of £120,000.
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