Engineering firm fined after potential asbestos exposure
An engineering firm from Teesside has been fined after potentially exposing two of its employees to dangerous asbestos fibres.
The two men were relocating a junction box at a site in Stockton-on-Tees on November 13th 2008 when they were required to drill into an asbestos insulation board.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that their employers, Darchem Engineering, failed to adequately manage the risks at the site.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1) and 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 at Teesside Magistrates' Court and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £5,266.62 in costs.
"A suitable and sufficient assessment should have been carried out and the company should have made sure that their employees had adequate information, instruction and training," said HSE inspector Andrew Mulligan.
"Fortunately a contractor who had asbestos awareness training identified the potential for asbestos to be present and work was stopped."
Last week, it emerged that Norwegian Homes has been fined £4,500 and ordered to pay £11,959 in costs after breaching Regulation 15 of the same asbestos-related rules.
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