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Fine for two companies following asbestos investigation in Surrey

Staines Magistrates' Court heard how Kingsley Asbestos Services Limited (KAS), although a licensed asbestos removal contractor, was sub contracted by Bourne Valley Construction Services Limited (BVCS) to carry out the work.

KAS removed some asbestos containing materials and agreed to carry out repair works on other water damaged materials within the properties. During works to cut away damaged wall coverings in the kitchen, one of the workers cut into a pale coloured board which after subsequent testing proved it to be Asbestos Insulation Board.

This proves that you cannot asssume that you don't need a refurbishment survey because a licenced asbestos removal company is carrying out the work.  There is a huge variety of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) still in place and the control measures vary for each product type.  A brief scenario of this can be found here

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found BVCS failed to plan the work and pass on information to KAS. It was the responsibility of both BVCS and KAS to arrange for a refurbishment and demolition survey. As a consequence work was carried out without establishing the location, presence and extent of asbestos containing materials on site.

HSE Inspector Rebekah Dunn said:  "Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year and around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.

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