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Company fined over asbestos breach

A contractor to Norwich City Council has been fined £30,000 over incidents concerning the removal of asbestos from a property in the city.

East Anglian Construction, a subsidiary of Peter Colby Commercials, was handed the penalty for serious breaches of heath and safety laws.

The charges, under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, related to two separate incidents in early 2007 and 2008, when employees were tasked with carrying out work at a property on Vulcan Road, Norwich.

While working on the property, Diamond House, the employees removed asbestos insulating board tiles from the ceilings.

The company was not licensed to carry out the work however.

Susan Thomas, a city council health and safety officer, said the case was a serious breach of regulations, and that the company had been handed the maximum fine available for each of the six breaches.

She said: “These were not trivial health and safety matters and I hope that others who may be thinking of acting in the same way think again. The dangers of working with asbestos are well known and have been for many years and those in control of premises should know what they are dealing with.”

Norwich City Council was also awarded its full costs of £10,203, a council statement said.

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