Construction Firm Fined Regarding Asbestos Safety Failings

Survey On Warehouse Not Shared With Team


Battersea construction firm Redwood Contractors has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs after pleading guilty to breaches in relation to the control of asbestos at a warehouse in Berkshire in 2011.

The company was prosecuted after it was discovered that the company possessed an asbestos survey identifying the location of asbestos wall panels in the Wokingham building, but failed to share the information with the team on the ground.

This meant that asbestos insulation board was mistaken for asbestos cement and removed without consideration of the recognised control measures or the use of the necessary protective equipment.

The issue means that both the foreman on the site and other workers may have inhaled asbestos fibres during their work.

Karen Morris, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said: “Everyone knows that asbestos is a potential killer, and the onus is on duty holders to implement proper control measures at all times when dealing with asbestos.”