Health and Safety News

Occupational health and safety news and guidance

Demolition firm fined for site asbestos failings

Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd. has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at the former Revlon factory in Maesteg.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Walsh Plant Hire and Demolition Contractors Ltd of Pontypridd ignored repeated warnings to manage the safe removal of asbestos during work on the demolition of the site.

Bridgend Magistrates Court heard the company was first served with a Prohibition Notice ceasing activity at the site in February 2010, because work to remove asbestos cement sheeting debris was likely to generate asbestos dust which could have posed a health risk to those working at the site.

Before resuming work, the company was required to produce a plan for the safe removal of the materials to make sure it was properly managed.

A management plan was developed to keep the asbestos cement in a safe condition by damping down the waste until it was removed from the site. However, a further visit by the HSE on 27 May 2010 found the company had ignored the guidelines in its own plan, as the site was dry, and no damping down had been undertaken for a week.

Excavators were also found to be moving rubble contaminated with asbestos-containing debris, and tracking over asbestos cement fragments, potentially contaminating workers with asbestos dust.

The company, of Unit 6, Old Parish Road, Ynysybwl, Pontypridd, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 7(5) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. On 26 September 2011, the company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,828.

Go Back