A food manufacturer located in Dungannon, Northern Ireland has been fined £30,000 plus costs of £2,500 after pleading guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation for Asbestos related offences.

The case was brought by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) and relates to an incident where two ventilation engineers were exposed to asbestos fibres during extension work at the Cookstown site.

The two engineers had not been provided with important information on the location of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) at the site prior to work commencing.

An investigation by HSENI found that the food company had an asbestos management survey carried out 10 years prior to the incident. However, an asbestos management plan had not been developed in the intervening time, nor had a refurbishment/demolition survey been undertaken before the extension work began.

The food manufacturer had also failed to update their asbestos register to take account of asbestos insulation board (AIB) that was discovered in 2007 in the area where the incident took place.

The fines were for breaches of Article 5(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (£15,000) and Regulation 4(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (£15,000).

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