A Cardiff company has been fined for putting the health of demolition workers at risk after their building survey failed to identify the presence of asbestos. The contractor was commissioned to produce an asbestos survey a cinema due for demolition.

The court heard that the client relied on the survey undertaken by the contractor to help the demolition company plan the work. But once demolition was under way, workers discovered asbestos and found they had disturbed it.

The Cardiff based contractor was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,000. The HSE reinforced that Asbestos surveys must be “comprehensive, intrusive and undertaken by competent persons – if not lives are needlessly put at risk.”