Construction companies reminded about asbestos risk management

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Construction contractors have been reminded of the importance of managing asbestos risks, after an incident that saw asbestos fibres disturbed at a Northampton primary school.

Workers from Amey Communities Limited (ACL) disturbed asbestos insulation board in the plant room at Lings Primary School in November 2014 while undertaking a roof refurbishment project.

A subsequent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation identified a number of key problems in ACL’s management of the job, including a failure to identify and monitor asbestos containing materials during the work and to ensure that its workers had suitable asbestos awareness training.

ACL, of Edmund Halley Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 at a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court in February 2016, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,737.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sam Russell said that the serious health risks associated with asbestos meant it required careful management throughout refurbishment projects.

“Any maintenance or construction work undertaken in buildings built before 2000 must consider and manage the risk of possible asbestos containing materials,” he said.

“It is important this material is considered at every stage of a construction project and failure to do so places workers, buildings occupants and the public at risk to possible exposure to asbestos fibres.”

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Published: 29th February 2016