Workers disturb asbestos as a result of no survey
Two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and were fined £5,000 with £974.44 in costs and a victim surcharge of £500.
The employees disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats, in Romford, London.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident which occurred between mid-July 2014 and 11 August 2014 found that the client had not passed on the details of the presence of asbestos to the contractor, despite prior knowledge.
No refurbishment and demolition survey was conducted to determine the presence of asbestos on the site. The two workers stripped out the AIB without any effective precautions and therefore received significant exposure to asbestos fibres.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000.
A Refurbishment/ Demolition asbestos survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.
The fines are high but the cost of life is greater. The employees should have been thinking about their health and the health of others.