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Cardiff property manager fined for asbestos failings

blue asbestosA property manager from Cardiff has been fined for failing to properly manage the risks from asbestos at one of his premises.

Richard Hayward of Cardiff Bay was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over failings at the former Rhondda Pressing building, located on the Penygraig Industrial Estate.

Mr Hayward, trading as Richard Hayward Properties, managed the property on behalf of a company called Guinevere Holdings Limited.

Pontypridd Magistrates' Court heard that Mr Hayward had let out part of the building in 2007 but it was only in 2008, when a request to provide an asbestos survey for insurance purposes was made, that the presence of asbestos insulating board (AIB) roof tiles and brown and blue asbestos was identified in the premises.

A subsequent HSE investigation confirmed there was a risk of exposure to asbestos due to the poor condition in which the asbestos was found.

Mr Hayward, of Adventurers' Quay, Cardiff Bay, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.


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