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Asbestos failings see companies fined

25 April 2016

Westminster Magistrates' Court has issued fines to two companies after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work in Romford, London.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed failings by the client, Firestone Estates of Tolpits Lane, Watford, had failed to pass on details about the presence of asbestos to the contractor, 24-Hour Maintenance Services of Linton Avenue, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

It also revealed there had been no refurbishment and demolition survey conducted prior to work beginning.

As a result, two workers had removed asbestos insulating board with no effective precautions while renovating the former commercial premises, receiving "significant" exposure to asbestos fibres, according to the HSE.

Firestone Estates pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 10(1)(b) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £10,000 with costs of £1020.64 plus a £1,000 victim surcharge.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, 24-Hour Maintenance Services was fined £5,000 with costs of £974.44, with a victim surcharge of £500.

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