A UK charitable trust and a contractor it employed has been fined for safety failings after disturbing asbestos and continuing to work in a building.

The Trust is responsible for running an academy school where the contractor was refurbishing a building block.

The Magistrates’ Court heard that, the contractor was aware that the trust had an asbestos register identifying where asbestos was located within the school, however he undertook work to refurbish a building block without consulting the register.

In addition, the trust had failed to complete a refurbishment and demolition survey, and had also failed to ensure that the contractors had consulted the asbestos information they needed to carry out the work safely.

The Trust pleaded guilty to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

The contractor pleaded guilty to Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £9000 and ordered to pay costs of £8000.