Untrained workers exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres
A property owner from Middlesex has been prosecuted for carrying out a clean up of asbestos containing material without a legally required licensed and using untrained workers
An industrial property owner has pleaded guilty to four separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 following a series of failings at a building in Newport.
On 21st February 2013, Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr. Nasimul Karbani, from Middlesex, employed two workers to help him remove rubbish and debris from a site at Bankside Coverack that he part owned. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stated that this debris included a large amount of asbestos insulation board (AIB) and that the manner employed to clean up this type of asbestos containing material (ACM) was deemed unsafe.
Newport City Council notified the HSE following concerns raise about the safety of the work. A subsequent HSE investigation found that Mr Karbani not only did not hold the legally required license to deal with ACM’s, he failed to manage the risks to those employed in the clean-up. The court then heard that the men he hired were not properly trained or equipped, and that they were not decontaminated following the work.
The HSE informed the court that Karbani was in possession of information that indicated where the asbestos was located in the building and despite being warned on two occasions that the work should not be carried out, he continued the work.
Nasimul Karbani, from Chiltern View Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to four separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was fined a total of £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,015 in costs. Please see the following for further information:
‘Asbestos Awareness’ training is mandatory for all those likely to come into contact with ACM’s in their works tasks and is found on houses built before the year 2000. In order for workers to be involved in the remedial work, removal or clean up of ACM’s they must be trained to do so in the form of a ‘Non-Licensed Works with ACM’s’ training course.
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