A ROOFING firm has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds after spreading asbestos into the environment.
Traders were forced to close for several months because of the actions of Concept Roofing and Cladding Services Limited, based in Titchfield.
The firm had been carrying out repairs to industrial units in Market Harborough, Leicestershire between December 2008 and January 2009.
Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how workers used pressure washers to clean asbestos cement roofing panels, which blasted the harmful material into the environment.
Local traders had to close for three months while the area was cleared. Traces of the material were found on walls, in drains and at a bus stop. The decontamination operation cost £500,000.
The company, of The Tanneries, East Street, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £22,375 costs after admitting breaching asbestos regulations.
Stephen Farthing, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, said: ‘I am pleased the company pleaded guilty.’