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Asbestos failing results in £18,000 fine for Kent charity

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A Kent-based charity has been fined after failing to obtain the correct asbestos survey for refurbishment work at a school, during which asbestos fibres were disturbed.

The Williamson Trust recruited contractor Mark Tucker to refurbish a block at its school academy in July 2012.  

The Trust had an asbestos register that identified that the school building contained asbestos, but Chatham Magistrates’ Court heard that the contractor carried out the refurbishment without consulting the register.

At no point did the Trust commission the required refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey, meaning it failed in its duty to provide contractors with the information they needed to carry out the work safely.

The Williamson Trust of Rochester, Kent pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

Mark Tucker of Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,000.

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Published: 28th January 2016