Home improvement company fined for exposing family to asbestos
A Hertfordshire-based home improvement company has been fined after the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.
Ace of Hearts Home Improvement Limited removed asbestos from a domestic property in St Albans. The damage was to the asbestos insulation board (AIB) soffits where found under the guttering surrounding the property.
The soffits had been dismantled unsafely creating serious risk of exposure of asbestos fibres to the two workers and the family residents which included two children.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 25 Sept 2015, found that the company were not licensed to remove asbestos. Ace of Hearts Home Improvements Limited pleaded guilty and were charged £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,118.50.
Any property built before 2000 would need an asbestos survey prior to any refurbishment works within the building.
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