The owner of a demolition company has been sentenced for failing to reduce the exposure and spread of asbestos when demolishing a large pig shed.
Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court heard that whilst carrying out demolition and asbestos removal works in Market Rasen, Barry Patchett, trading as BSN Demolition, failed to remove asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) prior to commencing the work.
Consequently, the ACMs were needlessly broken up in significant quantities across the site, leading to the risk of spreading asbestos fibres.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Patchett had received relevant training on how to remove non-licenced asbestos and had submitted a plan of work to the client. This included removing the asbestos sheets manually before demolition, which he chose not to follow. He also failed to have a copy of the plan of work on the premises for workers to follow at the time of the demolition.
Mr Patchett was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for one year and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith said:
“Asbestos-related disease still kills around 5,000 workers each year. Asbestos is not just a problem of the past; it can be present today in any building or industrial process plant built or refurbished before the year 2000.”
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