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Council and building firm fined for asbestos exposure during school refurbishment

Stafford Crown Court heard two joiners were cutting through a large built-in cupboard in the nursery class when they noticed unidentified material nailed to the back of it.

They showed this to their site manager, who allowed them to carry on dismantling the cupboard and to detach the material. However, the material was asbestos insulating board, which by law should only be moved by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. The court heard the joiners used an ordinary vacuum cleaner to clear up dust and debris, which would also have spread asbestos fibres in the air.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found Staffordshire County Council had failed to carry out a refurbishment survey in the nursery before work started. These asbestos surveys were essential to ensure that anyone who was likely to work or disturb asbestos was provided with information on the location and condition of the asbestos.

Graph Contract Services– We have over 25 years hands-on experience of working with asbestos in both residential & commercial premises. We offer free impartial advice based upon our years of experience.  Asbestos awareness can save lives!

If you need an asbestos survey, or a need a material sampling & analysing for asbestos, please contact Graph Contract Services on 07802 455049. We carry out asbestos sampling, asbestos management surveys, asbestos refurbishment surveys, asbestos demolition surveys, asbestos inspections, asbestos management of asbestos in domestic & non-domestic properties.

We work both local and nationally, having recently carried out asbestos surveys in Bristol, London, Manchester, Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax,

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Published Mar 24, 2014
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