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Large fine expected by Devon hotel following asbestos exposure issues

13 February 2019

Exeter Magistrates' Court is expected to award a large financial penalty against a Devon and Cornwall hospitality company following two instances of exposure to asbestos.

The case centres on the refurbishment of The Park Hotel in Barnstaple where the company was judged to have put the health and safety of its workers at risk.

As a result, Percy R Brend & Sons (Hoteliers), owner of The Park Hotel, submitted a plea of guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 during a recent hearing.

With the incidents occurring between October 2016 and May 2017, the company was judged to have failed to manage the renovation of the hotel, resulting in health and safety breaches that affected both employees and others.

Following the company's guilty plea, the court is now considering the appropriate sentence, which will include access to the firm's accounts.

According to DevonLive, Percy R Brend & Sons has recorded profits of £450,000 last year and £585,000 in 2017.

The case was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is seeking a fine in the region of £450,000 for the breaches.

Exposure to asbestos is one of the most serious issues affecting many FMs, particularly those managing buildings built between the 1950s and 1990s.

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