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Building firm fined after failing to respond to potential asbestos hazards

A Barnet building firm has been fined after it ‘turned a blind eye’ to potential asbestos hazards being faced by its workers, who were converting an old pub in Victoria Road into flats.

Westminster Magistrates were told (8 Oct) that concerns about health and safety on the site were raised by local people, who were also worried about the risks to passers-by.

An Inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited on 4 March 2013 to check conditions, and enforcement action regarding unsafe work at height and inadequate fire precautions was taken against MP Builders Ltd that day. The firm was also asked to provide information about how they were managing the asbestos risks on site, but HSE heard nothing from them.

As a result, HSE visited again on 22 March and served an improvement notice on the company, giving them four weeks to provide the workers with the training they needed to enable them to identify materials that might contain asbestos if found during their refurbishment works, and to know how to deal with it correctly. The deadline was later extended by a week. The building firm failed to comply and, despite assurances to the contrary, its failure to comply persisted, remaining in breach of the notice right up to the date of the prosecution

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Published Oct 13, 2014
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