Demolition firm fined over asbestos danger

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A DEMOLITION firm has been fined for stripping 54m of potentially-deadly asbestos board without a licence.

James Site Services Ltd, of Spur Road, Cosham, was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors paid a routine visit to a small development site in Fareham.

They found the firm ignored survey findings advising it to find a licensed contractor to remove asbestos insulation board from a bungalow awaiting refurbishment.

Instead the firm, which specialises in site preparation, removed the material itself, despite not holding a licence.

Now James Site Services Ltd has been fined £500 and told to pay £1,000 costs after admitting a breach of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

HSE inspector Dominic Goacher said: ‘Having received the survey they asked for, it looks as though no-one at James Site Services bothered to read it.

‘Or, if they did, they disregarded its contents and failed to act to protect workers from possible exposure to one of the deadly killers in industry.’