A construction company has been fined after carrying out asbestos removal work at a school, without holding the appropriate licence.
The Board of Governors for Caddington Village School needed a company to refurbish an area at the school, including changing rooms and toilets. The school responsibly arranged for a survey of the area to be carried out to check for asbestos. Asbestos was found to be present in the ceiling of one of the rooms to be refurbished.
The school enlisted Clarks Construction Limited to carry out the work. However, the company failed to consult with the school or refer to the survey before removing the ceiling which contained asbestos.
The HSE brought the case to court at the Luton Magistrates’ Court and Clarks Construction Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, as the work should have been carried out by a licensed contractor. The company was fined £3,300 and ordered to pay costs of £662.
This case highlights the need for asbestos awareness. If you are in any doubt about asbestos being present you should contact your local HSE office or seek the advice of a licensed asbestos company.
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