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Working at height and asbestos issues result in prosecution

27 March 2018

Following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) a company has received a substantial fine for numerous on-site failings.

Further emphasising the need for vigilance in all areas of FM at all stages of a facilities' use, the incidents in question took place during the demolition of a derelict warehouse.

Held at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, the case involved charges brought against Quainton Logistics & Storage over conditions at the Bootle, Merseyside site.

The court was told that workers were found to be smashing asbestos roof sheets with crowbars before these were taken away.

In addition to failing to provide the workers with PPE equipment, no toilet or washing facilities had been provided by the company.

There were also concerns raised about the condition of mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) and a fork lift truck on site.

One MEWP had been left just one metre from the edge of an open pit and the vehicles were also covered with broken asbestos cement sheets.

The court was told that the HSE had found an asbsence of health and safety measures and procedures to protect workers, including safe systems of working and appropriate procedures to remove asbestos.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 and Regulations 15(2) and 28(6) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Quainton Logistics & Storage was fined £14,000 with costs of £6,870.

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