Belfast Company Fined for Asbestos Failings
After hearing that a Belfast company has been fined for asbestos failings we wanted to add the story to our blog to raise awareness.
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After speaking to some previous customers we have heard that at times some builders or other employees do not recognise asbestos when they see it. The bottom line is to have a survey carried out and then everyone will know where and what they are dealing with during any refurbishments.
Belfast Property Company Asbestos Failings
During an incident at Devenish Complex in North Belfast, workers were exposed to asbestos fibres during refurbishment works. A local company had been contracted to carry our refurbishment. It was revealed to Belfast Crown Court that the company did not ensure that asbestos had been identified before works commenced.
Health & Safety Executive Investigation
The Health & Safety Executive carried out an investigation and the property company faced a fine in court of £9000 plus extra costs of £1700. The Health & Safety inspector gave the following advice.
He said that the risks of asbestos are well known. Exposure can lead to death and long-term health problems.
Demolition and refurbishment work needs to be properly planned. If the company had of commissioned an asbestos surveyor and had a licensed contractor in to remove it then the risks would have been eliminated.
Anyone in control of non-domestic premises have a duty to locate, identify and manage asbestos in the building.
If you would like further information the Health & Safety Executive website contains everything you need to know. Visit the HSENI here.
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