A construction company has today been fined for serious safety failings with regards to the management of asbestos at a site located at Finchley Road, London.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Protostar Construction Ltd (PCL) commissioned an asbestos survey which identified a significant amount of asbestos at the site and provided detailed instructions on how it should be dealt with. PCL invited the survey company to attend site to quote for the asbestos removal and when the surveyor arrived, they discovered that PCL, and not a licensed asbestos removal company, had removed the asbestos themselves – putting all those who visited the site at risk.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had removed a significant amount of asbestos whilst refurbishing a house without taking the necessary precautions to prevent its spread. The uncontrolled removal put at risk all persons who visited the site as well as the persons working on the site.
Protostar Construction Limited of Crawford Street, London pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and has been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £3,672.88 in costs.
This prosecution comes at a time when HSE inspectors are currently out visiting construction sites across the London area to see if companies are effectively managing the risks associated with asbestos.