Builder jailed for exposing workers to asbestos

Grant Prior 1 year ago
Share

A builder has been jailed for exposing workers to asbestos while working at a commercial unit on a Welsh industrial estate.

asbestos-sign

Brian Roberts of Llandudno and three men working with him, were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres while working in the unit at Colwyn Bay around 11 September 2012.

Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard how Roberts, who had been employed by the owner of the premises trading at the time, as Light in Design to remove asbestos from the building prior to sale.

The HSE was alerted to the unlicensed work by a contractor who was licensed to remove asbestos.

HSE’s investigation found that Roberts removed a significant quantity of asbestos insulating board from the premises despite not holding a licence to work with such material.

Roberts pleaded guilty to breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and was given a custodial sentence of 26 weeks.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Chris Wilcox said: “The safe removal of asbestos requires a high level of skill and technical knowledge and must be done by a contractor licenced by HSE.”

“Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. There are specific rules in place to make sure it is dealt with safely and contractors have a duty to ensure they protect their workers from risk of exposure.

“By undertaking the uncontrolled removal of asbestos, work for which he was not licensed, Brian Roberts exposed himself and his co-workers to the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres.

“The outcome of this exposure cannot easily be assessed but there remains the possibility of ill health in the future. The workers could also have posed a health risk to others, including, for example, their families and loved ones, by taking home contaminated clothing.

“Those involved now have to live with the fear of becoming ill with this life-threatening lung disease.”

Latest news

Wolseley to close 80 branches axing 800 jobs

Plumbing and builders' merchant chain to streamline UK business
9 hours ago

Wates links-up with Trafford Housing Trust to transform eysore

First scheme for new joint venture in the North West
3 hours ago

Skanska to start next £70m phase of Helical Bar Old Street site

Skanska confirmed on The Tower at The Bower originally earmarked for John Sisk
9 hours ago

Green light for next King’s Cross offices phase

Major 500,000 sq ft crescent-shaped office scheme approved
10 hours ago

Newlon starts race for £200m new-build framework

London housing association plans to build 2,000 homes by 2022
9 hours ago

Aldi to build 70 new stores next year

Budget supermarket chain aims to invest £300m in UK stores
1 day ago

Morrison Utility Services promotes Jim Arnold to chief executive

Charles Morrison steps up to become chairman of utility contractor
1 day ago

SES wins £43m M&E job at military rehab centre

M&E works secured at Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall
10 hours ago

Crossrail faces demo over “missing” pay

Civils operatives claim high tech site access system is not registering all hours worked
1 day ago

J S Wright lands £4m building services package

Specialist to start in December on Brentford resi site
1 day ago

Wates appoints B&K director to head Midlands team

John Carlin joins Wates after 24 years with Bowmer and Kirkland
1 day ago

Green light for £200m Manchester Kampus scheme

Demolition work to start this Autumn for 500 private rented flats project
1 day ago

Arup blames Brexit for planned job cuts

Consultation starts on redundancies at London building division
1 day ago

Surrey Uni seeks builder for £34m student hall

More student accommodation planned after O'Hare & McGovern bags first scheme
1 day ago

Focus on Northern homes pays dividends for Gleeson

Owning a Gleeson home "cheaper than council house rent"
1 day ago

BBC starts hunt for contractor to rebuild Eastenders set

Procurement race starts for £15m revamp of Albert Square
4 days ago

London South Bank Uni unveils £500m development plan

University starts hunt for developer to deliver 10-year plan
1 day ago

Lakehouse job losses could hit 170

Redundancy programme continues at Essex contractor
4 days ago

Contractor hunt starts for £185m mixed-use Manchester job

Green light from planners for twin resi towers and office block
5 days ago

Mobile crane explodes causing fireball on M40

Highway contractors are planning to resurface the damaged part of the M40 today
5 days ago

Morgan Sindall on recruitment drive for £750m highways deal

Recruitment events in East Anglia next week: Register now
4 days ago

John Sisk front runner for £28m Manchester PRS flats

Finance secured for developer Mulbury's 135-home Port Street project
4 days ago

Near-miss for Crossrail workers as train hits power cable

Investigation launched after construction train rips electricity panel from tunnel wall
4 days ago

Nationwide Platforms md takes Ardent chief executive role

Jeremy Fish joins Ardent to steer expansion drive
4 days ago

Kier posts loss after £116m raft of one-off costs

Kier counts cost of Caribbean closure and Mouchel and May Gurney integration
5 days ago

Council set to tender £26m Dover leisure centre

Contractor due to be appointed next August for new Whitfield swimming and sports complex
4 days ago

Betting Spy: Leicester a big price to beat misfiring Man Utd

Spurs, Everton and Man City can land a 5/1 treble
5 days ago

Willmott Dixon unveils off-the-shelf police cell design

Contractor works with Canadian architect to draw up modular cell block design
5 days ago

Celebrity hosts confirmed for Construction Enquirer Awards

Comedian Russell Kane and TV architecture expert George Clarke to host big night: Last few tables remaining
5 days ago

Highways workers move to new coloured hard hat regime

Days numbered for green and yellow hard hats
5 days ago