Asbestos exposure leads to Academy prosecution

Equitas Acadamies Trust from  Birmingham, and Birmingham Glass Services Limited, appeared in Birmingham Magistrates’ Court for failing to properly manage refurbishment works and exposing workers to asbestos. The Trust is the owner of Aston Manor Academy, where the glass company were commissioned to replace old windows.

Nobody gave any information to the contractors on the location of any asbestos containing materials and the school’s site manager said he didn’t think asbestos was present. However, strips of asbestos insulating board were found and subsequently damaged. The workers had not received asbestos awareness training, nor been provided with any form of personal protective equipment.

Birmingham Glass Services Limited incurred fines and costs of £7,000 and Equitas Academies Trust paid a total of £10,500. It was noted that the school had not been under local authority control since 2011, and had failed to provide adequate training to make up for the loss of local authority support and had not ensured that a suitable asbestos management plan was in place.

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