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Birmingham builder fined for illegally removing asbestos

6th February 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A builder in Birmingham has been fined after completing work that led to young children and their parents being potentially exposed to asbestos.

Nicholas Sharpe, who was trading as Sharpe Builders, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after illegally removing and breaking up asbestos panels in a Castle Bromwich.

Mr Sharpe pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Mr Sharpe was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,100.

HSE inspector Paul Cooper said: "The type of work being undertaken at Rover Drive should only be carried out by a contractor who holds the necessary licence, in a safe manner and with the necessary control measures."

Recently, the HSE took action against Cotek Papers in Gloucestershire, after a worker's hand was injured in an unguarded machine.

The firm was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £7,356 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801535665-ADNFCR


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