Hertfordshire company fined £100,000 for asbestos safety breach
A Hertfordshire-based home improvement company has been fined £100,000 plus costs after the unsafe removal of asbestos insulation board from a domestic property.
St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard that Ace of Hearts Home Improvement Limited (AOH) removed asbestos containing materials (ACM) from the home in St Albans.
The asbestos insulation board soffits surrounding the underside of the guttering around the property were dismantled in an unsafe manner, creating the serious risk of respiratory exposure of asbestos fibres to the two workers and the residents of the property (a family of four including two children).
A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that the company was not licensed to remove asbestos.
Work with asbestos insulation board is strictly regulated and removal should only be undertaken by licensed asbestos contractors, who have fully trained staff and the equipment needed to prevent people being exposed to the fibres that can cause asbestosis and mesothelioma. This company, however, did not hire a specialist for the work.
Ace of Hearts Home Improvements Limited, of Alldicks Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) and Regulation 16 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012, and The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Section 33 (1) (g) in that it failed to comply with an Improvement Notice, and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,118.50.
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