As a result of failing to provide a current Asbestos Survey to a contractor a London based construction management company has been fined £20,000 plus costs by Westminster Magistrates Court.
Within the same project a Chelmsford based construction company director has been fined £15,000 plus costs for starting work without considering the possibility of asbestos being present and then when operatives disturbed Asbestos, allowed them to carry on working!
As the HSE pointed out in the findings the incident took place in May 2013 but it will be many years before it is known if the workers exposure to asbestos will result in any related diseases or indeed fatalities.
It is vital that if you are intending to carry out work on a building that might contain Asbestos, that you confirm whether and where Asbestos is known or presumed to be present.
Contact us for further information if you think you may need an asbestos survey carrying out.