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Fabricating asbestos certificate costs analyst £20,000

27 January 2017

A substantial fine has been awarded against an asbestos analyst after he was found guilty of falsifying a certificate following a licensed asbestos removal in Manchester.

Occurring on 19 November 2015, the incident involved Barrie Lyons, an asbestos analyst with nearly 30 years' experience.

He was required to conduct a final inspection and air test after the removal of asbestos from a central Manchester construction site, the court was told.

This required a detailed examination of the area from which the material had been removed, as well as that of the local vicinity.

The air tests were included in his tasks with the aim of showing that asbestos fibres were not present, or were within legal limits.

However, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that a suitable inspection or adequate air testing had been conducted by Mr Lyons, although his report indicated otherwise.

The court was told that the report had been "deliberately falsified" and the asbestos removal contractor had been forced to commission another clearance test, which had caused considerable delays and added expense.

Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court fined Mr Lyons, of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, £20,000 and awarded costs of over £3,900 after he pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 at the hearing conducted at Manchester and Salford Court House, according to SHP Magazine.

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