Bedfordshire-based contractor fined for poor asbestos assessment

Bedfordshire-based contractor Anthony West has been fined almost £3,000 after failing to carry out suitable assessment of asbestos removal work.

Contracted to complete demolition work at a building in Biggleswade, West had a pre-demolition asbestos survey carried out but when a member of the public reported the work, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation was launched.

The investigation found that West did not adequately check the pre-demolition asbestos survey before carrying out the work, and did not follow advice to use a licensed asbestos removal contractor.

West, of Earwig Farm House, Pavenham, Bedford pleaded guilty to breaching sections 5,7,8 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 at Luton Magistrates Court. He was fined £2,970 and ordered to pay costs of £5,419.

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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