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Firms found by HSe cutting corners with asbestos and endangering lives!!
Two companies and a contractor have been prosecuted for releasing asbestos fibres during an office refurbishment project in Birmingham city centre.
The building – at 114-116 Colmore Row – was owned by Evanacre Colmore Row Ltd, which, together with project managers Marchment Consulting, hired builder Roland Morewood to carry out work over the weekend of 29 January 2010.
The work involved upgrading a lift, which, an asbestos survey held by Evanacre showed, contained asbestos insulating board.
Nevertheless, the firms hired unlicensed contractor Morewood to remove it, for which he charged a significantly lower fee than a licensed contractor.
When lift engineers (not linked to either company) arrived at the site, they found pieces of asbestos insulating board spread around the lift shaft area and refused to carry on working. The HSE was informed and its inspectors subsequently discovered that asbestos fibres had spread to several parts of the building.
Air tests taken on several floors of the premises – which was operational and occupied throughout the refurbishment (though not on the weekend of asbestos removal itself) – revealed significantly high levels of asbestos fibres, which were also found in several vacuum cleaners used around the building. The HSE stopped all workers from going into the building until it had been decontaminated.
Asbestos insulating board was also found stored in Roland Morewood’s van, which itself was heavily contaminated with raised levels of asbestos fibres in the air.
Said HSE principal inspector Richard Lockwood: “Asbestos is the biggest cause of occupational deaths in the UK, with an estimated 4000 people dying every year from related diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
“Evanacre Colmore Row had an asbestos survey, which clearly showed that asbestos was present in the lift. Marchment Consulting, which has expertise in building work, should have known how to deal with asbestos and materials containing its fibres in refurbishment projects.
“These companies decided not to use a licensed contractor to remove the asbestos insulating board but to get the work done over a weekend by an unlicensed contractor for a tenth of the cost. Asbestos fibres were found to be at significant levels and, if the alarm had not been raised, it is likely that people working on the refurbishment and office workers would have been breathing these fibres for some time.”
Evanacre Colmore Row Ltd, of Cottonfields New Road, Cutnall Green, Droitwich and Marchment Consulting Ltd, of Kidderminster Road, Droitwich, both pleaded guilty before Birmingham magistrates on 9 August to breaching regs.11(1)(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. Each was fined £7000 and ordered to pay £1500 costs.
Roland Morewood, of Mapleton Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to breaching regs.8(1) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. He was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £823 costs.
Both companies cooperated fully with the HSE investigation, and Evanacre paid £85,000 for the clean-up operation afterwards. They also said it had been a mistake to use an unlicensed contractor as they believed the lift contained asbestos cement, rather than insulating board – even though the asbestos survey made clear it was the latter. Roland Morewood was told it was asbestos cement and wasn’t shown the survey.
The companies also provided information to the HSE to enable it to track down Morewood’s van, which had been abandoned by the builder – with the keys inside – in a Birmingham side street. The HSE hired a local licensed asbestos contractor to decontaminate it.
Inspector Lockwood emphasised: “It is against the law for anyone to remove asbestos insulating board without a licence. Roland Morewood should never have carried out the work and did not take enough precautions to prevent the spread of asbestos fibres.”
Posted on 16 August, 2011
Angus Group head office is within the highly industrial Clyde Valley near Glasgow in Scotland which over the years has placed us at the centre of one of the worlds biggest asbestos issues arising from the former shipyards and massive asbestos imports to the West of Scotland. The base is situated very close to two international airports and this along with our overseas offices enables Angus Group to offer a complete worldwide service to our clients.
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