Council fined for asbestos breach
Posted Mon, 09 Jul 2012
Stockton on Tees Borough Council has been fined for potentially exposing employees to asbestos during clearance work on a site in the Teeside town prior to demolition.
The north east council decided to demolish the Music and Drama Club in Buchanan Street as part of a regeneration project during May 2010.
Teeside Magistrates' Court heard that prior to demolition one of the Council's 'Care For Your Area' teams had attempted to carry out common "clear and strip" procedure on the weekend of 29-31 May 2010.
But, when an appointed contractor came to remove the asbestos and demolish the building in July, it was found that the "clear and strip" had disturbed the fabric of the building and some items containing the hazardous substance had already been removed.
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Council was found to have failed to make an assessment of the risk presented by asbestos before the 'Care For Your Area' team began work to clear the building.
Teeside Magistrates' Court fined Stockton on Tees Borough Council £20,000 for two separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006) and ordered them to pay £5,555.60 in costs.
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