Company and Director Fined for Asbestos Negligence

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Company and Director Fined for Asbestos Negligence
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott Updated: In: Industrial Disease

Background of the Asbestos Negligence Case

After workers were exposed to asbestos resulting in devastating health effects, a company and its director have been fined for asbestos negligence.

During an inspection from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an uncontrolled amount of asbestos-containing material was found around Eye Track Limited’s site in Stretford, Manchester. HSE attended the premises in April 2019 after concerns were raised regarding workers’ safety at height during the demolition of several units and construction of eight new residential houses.

Large Amounts of Asbestos-Containing Materials Discovered

During the inspection, HSE discovered large amounts of asbestos-containing materials present throughout the site. These were mainly found in debris associated with breakage of asbestos-containing roof sheets from the demolished units. One of the units that was taken down was estimated to contain 100 square metres of asbestos insulation board. 70% of this was demolished by hand and machinery.

Company Director Aware of the Risks

Following a thorough investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was revealed that the asbestos removal at the site was overseen directly by Selcuk Pinarbasi, the director of Eye Track Limited. Mr. Pinarbasi was well-informed about the hazards associated with asbestos. He had previously engaged a qualified asbestos surveyor to conduct a comprehensive asbestos demolition survey. This survey identified both licensed and unlicensed asbestos materials present throughout the site. Consequently, Mr Pinarbasi was fully aware of the risks the site posed from the presence of asbestos materials before any demolition work took place.

Company and Director Fined for Asbestos Negligence

Eye Track Limited, of Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As a result, the company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £18,783.61 in costs at Manchester Crown Court on 25 April 2024.

Campaigns for Asbestos Safety

HSE has recently updated its webpages on asbestos safety. Additionally, in 2023 HSE launched an awareness campaign, Asbestos and You. The campaign provides tradespeople with information about how to deal with asbestos on a job, and the personal risks from asbestos that still exist across the country today.

Furthermore, earlier this year, the workplace regulator launched its Asbestos: Your Duty campaign. This campaign aims to improve understanding of what the legal duty to manage asbestos involves.

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