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Director pays £18,000 for asbestos breach

An estate management director has been ordered to pay fines and costs of over £18,000 after failing to prevent asbestos being disturbed during the demolition of a building.

Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard that workers disturbed asbestos after being told to demolish a building by Brian Marshall, 44, managing director of Supply on Demand Ltd, and no asbestos survey had been carried out first.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Mr Marshall, of Rock Grove, Brighton had been told about his duty to manage asbestos by Lewes District council in September 2008

He pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. He was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,449.

HSE inspector Russell Beckett said: “Asbestos can be difficult to identify unless you are trained and competent to do so. Before any demolition or dismantling work starts, an assessment must be carried out to establish whether asbestos is present.  A survey will tell you whether asbestos is present and what to do about it.

“Mr Marshall was well aware of the need to carry out an asbestos survey but decided to carry on without one. This is a shocking case of a director who did know better simply ignoring the law.

“Up to 4,000 people a year die from asbestos related diseases. HSE will not hesitate to prosecute those like Mr Marshall who flout the law.”

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