A Bristol based property developer has been fined after exposing at least three employees to asbestos whilst working on a Marks & Spencer shop front.

Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (31st March) that Da Vinci Developments Limited failed to plan for the potential presence of asbestos insulation board (AIB) before developing the M&S property. After investigation by HSE (Health & Safety Executive), Da Vinci Developments Limited was found to have not carried a statutory survey to check for the presence of asbestos materials prior to proceeding with the work. The exertion should have been carried out by a licensed contractor taking suitable control measures to prevent exposure and spreading of the asbestos fibres.

Da Vinci Developments Limited pleaded guilty for two breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £9,800 and asked to pay £796 in costs.

HSE inspector James Lucas proclaimed:

“Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. Building owners and contractors have a duty to ensure they protect their workers from risk of exposure. Da Vinci Developments Limited neglected their duty by failing to plan for the dangers of this hidden killer.”

For more information on BS OHSAS 18001 (Occupational health & safety for companies particularly concerned with the health and safety of its employees) visit:

http://www.imsm.com/en/bs-ohsas-18001/

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