Asbestos analyst fakes air testing certificates

Grant Prior 3 years ago
Share

An asbestos analyst has been fined after he falsified an asbestos air clearance certificate on a construction site in Manchester.

The site were certificates were falsified
The site were certificates were falsified

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on November 19 2015, Barrie Lyons, a trained asbestos analyst with 29 years of experience, was contracted to carry out the final inspection and air testing, following removal work at a city centre site.

Lyons’ task included a thorough examination of the area where asbestos had been removed. He also had a series of air samples to collect and evaluate to ensure that the environment was substantially free of asbestos.

An HSE investigation revealed that Lyons had failed to carry out a suitable inspection of the site and had not carried out the correct amount of air sampling, despite his report to his employer and the client indicating that he had.

In effect Lyons had deliberately falsified his report and so his published results could no longer be relied upon.

The asbestos removal contractor had no option but to have a second clearance test carried out which incurred significant delays and additional expense.

HSE inspector Matthew Greenly said after the hearing: “Asbestos analysts play a vital role in ensuring that areas are safe to enter after asbestos is removed.

“Mr Lyons sadly chose on this occasion to falsify his records which was a massive abuse of the trust placed in him by the client.

“This deliberate act increased the risk of numerous people potentially being exposed to asbestos, a risk Mr Lyons would be very well aware of from his experience, all to save a little time and finish the job early.

“It is hoped that the industry uses this case as a reminder that anyone involved in asbestos removal must do everything reasonable to protect people from a material which causes around 4000 deaths per year in the UK.”

Lyons, of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to safety breaches  and was fined £2000 and ordered to pay costs of £3905.73

Latest news

Unsafe cladding replacement work a priority to continue

Latest government coronavirus construction policy update
22 hours ago

Police threaten to fine contractors on way to work

WIllmott Dixon asks subcontractors and staff to carry letters to avoid fines
2 days ago

Opinion: Official line needed now on site closures

Boris Johnson needs to spell out now exactly what construction work can continue
2 days ago

Groundworks and civils firms start mass layoffs

More than a thousand self-employed workers axed in the Midlands alone
2 days ago

Redrow loses fight to keep sites open as supplies hit

House builder pledges to re-open sites when normality returns to the supply chain
2 days ago

Balfour Beatty board follows Kier’s move to take 20% pay cut

Chief executive Leo Quinn says Balfour is facing crisis on a strong financial footing
2 days ago

Self-employed to get 80% of average monthly profit

Support scheme only open to people with a trading profit of up to £50,000
3 days ago

Coronavirus update for construction: Friday 27

The latest advice and information from industry trade bodies
2 days ago

CITB suspends training levy for three months

Full 2020 levy payment to be collected in August
3 days ago

Henry Construction Projects tops £300m turnover

London contractor trebles in size over three years
2 days ago

£100m Manchester CIS tower revamp approved

Landmark 31-storey tower refit approved as facade reaches end of design life
2 days ago

Willmott Dixon: Why we are keeping sites open

Contractor promises to keep workers safe and look after supply chain
3 days ago

Carey bosses: “We won’t risk health of our people”

"We will never ask our people to put their health at risk in the name of work"
3 days ago

“Turn up on site or else” – majors turn screw on subcontractors

Specialists threatened with LAD claims as Tier Ones "bully" supply chain
3 days ago

Coronavirus crisis brings out best and worst of construction

Most contractors are doing their best in a crisis - while others are letting the industry down
3 days ago

BAM Contruct pauses work on all sites

BAM Nuttall civils sites still open, as building arm pauses for safety procedure review
4 days ago

Highways England orders majors to pay supply chain

Payments speeded up to Tier Ones who are told not to hoard cash
4 days ago

Coronavirus update for construction: Thursday 26

The latest advice and information from industry trade bodies
3 days ago

JCB extends factory shutdown until May

JCB directors forgo salaries in C-19 crisis
4 days ago

McAlpine latest contractor to close its sites

Contracts included refurbishment of Buckingham Palace
4 days ago

Costain Chief Operating Officer joins Keltbray

Darren James joins specialist after 30 years at Costain
4 days ago

Keep two metres apart and you can carry on building

Government says sites can still operate as long as social distancing observed
4 days ago

Morgan Sindall cancels dividend

Contractor supplements £132m daily net cash with draw down of £180m bank facility
4 days ago

Big names start to shut sites

Mace and Multiplex shut all sites as ISG closes jobs which "cannot meet an enhanced risk profile test"
5 days ago

Michelmersh suspends brick deliveries

Brickmaker suspends production as industry shutdown widens
4 days ago

Coronavirus update for construction: Wednesday 25

The latest advice and information from industry trade bodies
4 days ago

Crossrail sites ordered to shut down

TfL tells contractors to bring sites to a safe stop as soon as possible
5 days ago

Murphy sole UK firm chasing £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel

Trio shortlisted for A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme
4 days ago

Race starts for £2.1bn Constructing West Midlands 2 deal

Balfour, Bouygues and Willmott Dixon in fight to retain places
4 days ago

Runaway cement wagon breaks out of Hanson works

Investigation launched after wagon careers for over 1km across two level crossings
4 days ago

Contractor services