Food firm, Mizkhan Euro Ltd, have been fined following asbestos being disturbed during building work they had instructed.
An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive found that Mizkhan Euro Ltd were undertaking a project to remove tanks from a factory, which involved the demolition of an external wall.
They failed to provide an asbestos survey in order to enable their building contractor, DH Welton, to quote and plan appropriately for the work to be undertaken.
When the wall was demolished, asbestos insulation board at the top of the wall was unknowingly broken up. A skip of demolition debris was found to contain asbestos insulation which had been identified by an asbestos contractor who had been called to site.
Builders also fined
Mizkhan Euro Ltd of Chiswick Park, Chiswick High Rd, London, pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after failing to plan and manage the work carried out under its control, without ensuring that risks to health and safety were prevented.
They were fined £60,000 for each charge (£120,000) and ordered to pay costs of £13,589. DH Welton & Co Ltd of Corn St, Failsworth in Manchester, admitted breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and regulation 5(1)(a) Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, after failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment as to whether asbestos was present or likely to be present during the removal of a wall. They were fined £15,000 for each charge (£45k) plus costs of £4,529.
Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their building so as not to put employees at risk. Contact our Armco office for asbestos management and refurbishment/ demolition surveys on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting http://www.armco.org.uk/.