A Northern Ireland based Fire and Security company has been fined for failing to protect its employees from exposure to asbestos.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigated the incident when two employees from the Lisburn company contracted to install a new fire alarm system at premises in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, cut through an asbestos insulation board (AIB) ceiling and as a result were exposed to asbestos.

HSENI’s investigation discovered that there was no asbestos management plan for the premises and that the contractor had failed to request a copy of such a plan prior to the commencement of their work.

In essence the contractor commenced work on the alarm installation without knowledge of the location, type and condition of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within the premises.

The company was fined £1,000 plus costs of £800 for failing to protect their employees from exposure to asbestos under Article 5(1) of Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and Regulation 5(a) of The Control of Asbestos Regulations (NI) 2012.