Man fined for ignoring asbestos warning

Man fined for ignoring asbestos warning
Man fined for ignoring asbestos warning

Man fined for ignoring asbestos warning

Asbestos Warning
A man contracted to carry out demolition work in Biggleswade has been fined for turning a blind eye to an asbestos survey which warned that asbestos at the site required extra care in its removal.

Luton Magistrates Court heard that Mr Anthony West arranged for a pre-demolition asbestos survey to be carried out at the site but did not follow up on its advice to hire a licensed asbestos removal contractor.

Mr West pleaded guilty to breaching sections 5,7,8 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £2970 and ordered to pay costs of £5419.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Alison Outhwaite said: “The safety failings in this case could have led to severe illness in later years. West not only put himself at risk to exposure but potentially to fellow workers and members of the public walking past. Duty holders have the responsibility to ensure that adequate assessments take place to avoid the risk of asbestos exposure. This includes checking the accuracy and clarity of any information provided by others.”

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