A Belfast property company has been fined for exposing workers to Asbestos fibres in the refurbishment of a popular entertainment venue. The company pleaded guilty to three breaches of the health and safety legislation in Belfast Crown Court.

The property company was contracted to undertake and manage the refurbishment of the Devenish Complex in Belfast. An investigation by HSENI found that the company managing the project failed to ensure that all asbestos containing materials had been identified and dealt with in the premises, prior to the work commencing.

During the refurbishment works, Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) was broken up which resulted in several employees on site being at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

The company was fined £9,000 plus costs of £1,700 for the breach and, according to the Companies House website, has filed to be struck off.