Balfour and subcontractors hit with £1.27m in asbestos fines

Grant Prior 4 weeks ago
Share

Balfour Beatty and two of its subcontractors have been fined a total of £1.27m after workers were exposed to asbestos while refurbishing a school in Waltham Forest.

Southwark Crown Court heard that on 24 July 2012 a worker removed part of a suspended ceiling in one of the ground floor refurbished rooms at St Mary’s school and identified suspect asbestos containing materials.

Asbestos fibres were subsequently found in numerous areas in the school.

The court heard that the London Borough of Waltham Forest had a contract with NPS London Limited to manage development and refurbishment of its estate.

At the time of the incident the Principal Contractor for the work was Mansell Construction Services (part of Balfour Beatty) and the subcontractor was Squibb Group Limited.

An HSE investigation found that although an asbestos survey was completed, there were multiple caveats and disclaimers which were not appropriately checked.

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited (previously Mansell Construction Services Limited) was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £32,364.84 after pleading guilty to safety breaches.

NPS London Limited, of Norfolk was fined £370,000 and ordered to pay £32,364.84 in costs after pleading guilty.

Squibb Group Limited, of Stanford Le Hope, Essex was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £175,000 after being found guilty after a trial.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Sarah Robinson said: “The principal contractor and contractors on site did not review the survey report in detail, and did not take into consideration the multitude of caveats.

“Therefore the work undertaken did not adopt the high standards of control expected for working where there was the potential to expose workers to asbestos.”

Balfour Beatty said: “The safety of the public and our workforce is always our primary concern.

“We have expressed our regret that our high standards fell short on this occasion and reaffirm that lessons have been learnt as a result of this issue and shared across our business.”

Latest news

Mace to build third Shard tower

Construction manager appointed for 26-storey resi scheme
7 hours ago

Phenolic foam board cladding system fails fire test

At least 228 buildings must be reclad after latest fire test result
11 hours ago

ISG set for 2.2m sq ft Amazon mega-shed

Contractor in line for Amazon's first self-developed fulfilment centre
11 hours ago

Balfour seals final Great Western electrification deal

Work to start immediately on Cardiff to Bristol Parkway route
8 hours ago

Balfour replaces Costain on Hinkley Point tunnels job

Costain exits £200m-plus Hinkley Point marine package
1 day ago

Chinese firm buys cladding giant Permasteelisa for £426m

Deal creates leading global curtain walling company
1 day ago

Profit growth outstrips building rise at Persimmon

Housebuilder vows strong cost control "to deliver the best outcomes for our shareholders."
11 hours ago

Multiplex inks £240m deal for Jenga tower

Contractor wins ultra-luxury scheme at Nine Elms
1 day ago

Engineers probe multi-storey car park collapse

Nottingham NCP deck failure leaves cars dangling in mid-air
1 day ago

Balfour Beatty set to pull support for CITB

Group chief executive Leo Quinn fires broadside at training body
2 days ago

Carillion crisis chief Richard Howson returns to helm

Former chief executive back in a senior role just weeks after stepping down
4 days ago

Contest starts for 480 Manchester student rooms

Manchester Metropolitan University seeks contractor for £27m Birley campus project
1 day ago

Public sector clients breaking prompt payment promises

Two-thirds of engineering services specialists being made to wait more than 30 days for their money
1 day ago

Autumn start for £30m Yorkshire village flood scheme

VolkerStevin jv to start Mytholmroyd village flood scheme
2 days ago

McAlpine set for £29m Big Ben overhaul

Contract to be confirmed when MPs return to Parliament in early September
1 day ago

Argent unveils Birmingham Paradise phase 2

290,000 sq ft One Centenary Way will be third office project at Paradise scheme
4 days ago

Subbies start winding-up petition against Titan Construction

Financial crisis at firm where ISG founder David King is chairman
4 days ago

J S Wright lands £10.5m Fish Island M&E package

26-month deal for major new resi scheme in Hackney Wick
4 days ago

Race starts for one of biggest demolition jobs of 2017

Six Grimsby tower blocks to be demolished
5 days ago

Major York city mixed-use scheme approved

Four block redevelopment of Hudson House near railway station approved
4 days ago

Midas construction margin edges up to 0.5%

South western builder sees recovery in profit to £1.6m
5 days ago

Colas to trial driverless cone laying vehicles on roads

Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicles can make highways sites safer: Video
4 days ago

Multiplex quits £750m Stage of East London project

Client hunts for new contractor to deliver vast scheme on Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre site
5 days ago

Graham bags £19m East Anglian highways upgrade

Growing civils arm bags biggest highways package in over two years
5 days ago

Betting Spy: Defence is a dying art in the Premier League

Goals guaranteed this season while a home win treble can pay a 7/1 return
5 days ago

A2Dominion ramps up homes target to 6,000

Leadership shake-up to raise private rental and homes for sale
6 days ago

VolkerHighways names new ops director

Former Kier highways general manager Jerry Pert joins Volker
5 days ago

Contractors named and shamed over minimum wage

Builders among latest list of offenders published in government crackdown
5 days ago

Virtual reality set to spread across construction sites

Research programme to push use of high-tech headsets
5 days ago

Time nearly up for skills cards for fringe trades

85,000 recently issued Construction Related Occupation cards become obsolete within weeks
5 days ago

Contractor services