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Home Improvement Firm Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal

Expert Asbestos-Related Disease Lawyers Back HSE Prosecution


Specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at national law firm Irwin Mitchell have backed the successful prosecution of a Hertfordshire home improvement firm by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was found to have removed asbestos from a home in an unsafe manner.


Ace of Heart Home Improvement Limited removed asbestos-containing materials from a property in St Albans in September 2015.


St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard asbestos insulation board soffits surrounding the guttering of the home were dismantled in an unsafe manner which endangered the health of two workers and the residents of the property.


An investigation by the HSE found that the company was not licensed to remove asbestos.


Ian Bailey, a Partner and expert asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said:


Expert Opinion
“Exposure to asbestos can lead to range of respiratory diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma and it is vital asbestos found in domestic and commercial properties is handled correctly.

“The HSE has produced guidelines on the correct dismantling and removal of asbestos containing materials and the process should only be carried out by trained and licensed professionals.

“The dangers of handling asbestos are now well-recognised and I hope that this successful prosecution acts as a reminder to tradesmen and building companies of the need to adhere to these guidelines, so as not to put staff and members of the public at risk of exposure to the deadly dust and fibres.”
Ian Bailey, Partner

The company was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,118.50.

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