Birmingham Magistrates Court have recently heard a case from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) where asbestos regulations have been breached.
A landlord had commissioned a contractor to replace a conservatory which contained asbestos panels. The asbestos was not handled correctly and was not contained safely when it was removed.
The HSE carried out an investigation and found that the landlord had failed to obtain an asbestos survey prior to the work carried out. The contractor was also at fault as he should not have started the work without having seen an asbestos survey.
The person living in the affected home may have been exposed to the asbestos as it spread through their home and its contents. Additionally, the neighbours may also have been affected as the asbestos became airborne.
Jasvir Singh Sangha pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5 and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was ordered to pay £596.61 in costs, along with having to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
Wah Kei Dany Ng pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. He was ordered to pay £607.21, as well as a fine of £1,200.00.
This is completely preventable asbestos exposure. Whilst it is good that this case has been brought to court, the sentences do not seem to reflect the serious nature of the potential consequences.
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