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Developer fined for asbestos ceiling negligence

A London-based residential property development company has been sentenced after its failure to carry out a refurbishment/demolition survey on a property in Fulham led to workers being exposed to asbestos. 

Developer fined for asbestos ceiling negligence
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Pascal Huser Design and Build removed a boarded asbestos ceiling during the renovation project on 6 December 2017 without taking precautions to prevent its staff being exposed to the health risk, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said. 

It pleaded guilty to breaching reg 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations and was fined £16,000 plus costs of almost £5,000 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

HSE inspector Jenny Morris said: “The risk of exposure to asbestos could so easily have been avoided if the company had carried out a suitable and sufficient asbestos assessment to identify presence of asbestos within the property prior to commencing refurbishment work.” 



Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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