Client and contractor fined for asbestos exposure

Firestone Estates Limited admitted a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and were ordered to pay £12,020 in fines and costs. They were in the process of converting a disused workplace into residential flats.

Two employees of a contractor they had appointed to carry out the refurbishment project, 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited, were exposed to debris from asbestos insulation board. The client had failed to pass on details of the presence of asbestos to the contractor, and no refurbishment and demolition survey had been commissioned prior to work commencing. The contractor incurred fines and costs of around £6,500.

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