A hotelier in Devon has been found culpable after materials containing asbestos were disturbed during a major refurbishment.
An employee raised concerns about the potential presence of asbestos containing materials within the rooms that were under refurbishment and was brought to the attention of the Health and Safety Executive.
The investigation discovered that the planning undertaken for this work was inadequate as it failed to identify the full scope of the work proposed and the materials that would be disturbed during pipework installation works.
It was also found that refurbishment work was undertaken at the hotel without the appropriate assessment as to the presence of asbestos containing materials.
Percy R Brend and Sons (Hoteliers) Ltd of Taw Vale, Barnstaple pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They have been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,999.60.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Jo-Anne Michael said: “The dangers associated with asbestos are well known and a wealth of advice and guidance is freely available from HSE and other organisations.
“Identification of the hazard is key. Duty holders should not undertake any work which either exposes or is liable to expose their employees to asbestos unless they have carried out a suitable and sufficient assessment as to the presence, location and condition of asbestos in the premises. Those persons tasked with undertaking the assessment should have the necessary skills.”
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