Birmingham City Council and Solihull Refurbishment Company Fined for Breaches of Health and Safety at Work Act for Exposure to Asbestos

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The Health and Safety Executive Website has reported yet another successful prosecution in Birmingham County Court for a company and the council exposing three men to asbestos during work on a school.

A refurbishment of the reception area at William Cowper Community Primary School was being carried out. Solihull Supplies sub contracted the removal of ceiling tiles in the school to another firm without carrying out a risk assessment.

A HSE investigation found that these tiles contained brown asbestos therefore exposing both workers and the school caretaker to asbestos. The subcontracted firm had no licence to carry out the work and its employees had no training.

Birmingham City Council, of Victoria Square, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,091 costs.

Solihull Supplies Ltd, of Lodge Road, Knowle, Solihull, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(1)(a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined £1,750 and ordered to pay £1,091 costs.

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