Health & Safety Executive HSEThe importance of checking your Asbestos Contractor’s credentials before allowing them on site is highlighted by this latest prosecution by the HSE.

The HSE report that a Sussex based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work.

Asbestos Damage Limitations Ltd, trading as ADL, was prosecuted at Brighton Magistrates’ Court for safety breaches following the work undertaken at premises in Brighton.

The case was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after investigating a complaint that an unlicensed contractor was carrying out asbestos removal work.

The court was told that ADL had possessed a licence to remove asbestos but that this had expired in September 2013.  The firm had applied for a renewal of the licence and had been for a renewal interview with HSE on 1 October. However this had resulted in an outright refusal based on inadequate performance.

The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after admitting breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

This prosecution is a result of HSE’s continued focus on the management of Asbestos within the UK and Northern Ireland. This is coupled with the announcement that the HSE are launching a new asbestos campaign at the end of September.  A new web app will help identify asbestos risk and 200,000 asbestos safety kits will be distributed via the trade counter at a major high street DIY store.