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Council and Decorating Firm Prosecuted for Asbestos Failings

Warwickshire Council and Birmingham Decorating Firm Prosecuted for Asbestos Failings

North Warwickshire Borough Council and a decorating firm from Birmingham have been prosecuted after exposing workers to asbestos.

Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court was told that North Warwickshire council was refurbishing a local community centre in Fillongley on 13 March 2012 when it sent Intal Decorators Limited to remove asbestos insulation board.

Intal Decorators Limited were not licenced to remove the material which should have been removed under controlled conditions by a licensed contractor. Instead the firm's workers contaminated the site by spreading deadly asbestos fibres.

Other tradesmen on the site quickly realised what was happening and reported it to managers. Shortly after the incident the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site.

An investigation by the HSE revealed North Warwickshire council had completed a survey which detailed the presence of asbestos but had failed to pass information on to Intal Decorators Limited.

Intal Decorators Limited failed to carry out its own assessment of the boards to check whether asbestos was present.

North Warwickshire Borough Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

Intal Decorators Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £500 in costs.


Source: The Construction Index Newsletter

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