Lack of asbestos management plan leads to prosecution

HSE’s website carries news of a property company in Oxfordshire has been fined for failing to manage asbestos on their premises following a fire.

Reading Crown Court heard how a fire occurred at Faringdon Business Park on 26 July 2014 destroying four units on the site.

Tapecrown Limited failed to have a suitable plan and risk assessment in place for the safe management of asbestos containing materials on their premises.

Tapecrown Limited, of Market Place, Wantage, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

HSE inspector Sharron Cripps said: “It is important for all duty holders to manage asbestos on their premises. To do this the dutyholder needs to identify asbestos containing material (ACM), determine where it is located, what condition it is in and what measures should be taken to manage the risk associated with asbestos.

For further information on Duty to Manage Asbestos visit: www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/duty.htm

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