Lack of asbestos survey costly for Durham building contractor

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A County Durham building contractor has been fined £267 and ordered to pay costs of £1,765 after failing to have an asbestos survey carried out before undertaking a refurbishment job at a residential property.

Peter Wade, of Staindrop, was hired to convert  a garage into a bedroom at the home on South Parade in Croft on Tees and was warned by the householder when quoting for the project that asbestos may be present in the garage ceiling.

He still progressed with the job without having the correct survey and asbestos fibres were subsequently disturbed when the garage ceiling collapsed while he worked in the loft space.

The problem was exacerbated when he then pulled down the rest of the ceiling, broke up the pieces and placed the debris in waste bags. Wade only discovered for certain that asbestos was present when he tried to remove the waste.

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, Peter Nigel Wade (trading as P.N. Wade Building and Civil Engineering contractor), of Winston Road, Staindrop, County Durham was charged with breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

He pleaded guilty at Darlington Magistrates’ Court and was fined £267 and ordered to pay costs of £1,765.

Builders who undertake refurbishment work on domestic properties built prior to 2000 need to consider the possibility that asbestos may be present and take the relevant precautions, which include having an asbestos survey carried out and, where necessary, hiring a licensed asbestos removal contractor.

BLS Asbestos is a licensed asbestos contractor with a wealth of experience of carrying out surveys and working on refurbishment projects, ranging from residential properties to factories.

Call us on 01484 400558 or contact us via the website for more details about our services or to request a quote.

 

Published: 20th April 2016