A firm in Cheshire has been fined by Ipswich Magistrates Court for the exposure of school pupils, teachers and its own workers to deadly asbestos at a Suffolk school.
Labform Ltd, based in Lymm, Cheshire, had been hired to refurbish part of Newmarket College School in July 2012. The sub-contractors brought in to carry out the work disturbed the asbestos when removing a wall and working on the floor.
Labform Ltd failed to carry out a Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey, which is required by law, before beginning the work. The company pleaded guilty to breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and were duly fined £22,400 plus costs of £11,741.
HSE Inspector David King said after the hearing:
“Exposure to asbestos fibres is a serious and well known health risk, so it is essential that duty-holders take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the disturbance, spread and exposure to asbestos.
“Failing to take action to identify asbestos while planning work, and to ensure that any contractors who may disturb asbestos are aware of the location and type of asbestos present, and not taking appropriate measures to protect the health of others, is totally inexcusable.”
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