Property management firm pays £15k asbestos fine
A property management company which failed to carry out asbestos surveys in two properties it was refurbishing must pay £15,000. One of the properties was a medical centre.
Thistlemoor Healthcare and Management was undertaking extensive refurbishment works, one of which was a part of a medical centre in Peterborough, between April and May 2017, but did not carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the asbestos risk.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company did not survey either site for the hazardous material, though both properties were likely to contain asbestos.
At both locations, the work involved was likely to disturb asbestos-containing materials because it involved the strip out and part demolition of the properties.
Thistlemoor Healthcare and Management of Thistlemoor Road, Peterborough pleaded guilty to breaching reg 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on 2 August. The business must also pay £1,806 costs.
Nick Warburton is deputy editor of IOSH Magazine