Rogue asbestos remover fined

By on 31/03/2010 in News

Following an investigation by Birmingham City Council's specialist Health and Safety Team, a man who turned a dry cleaners into an asbestos filled hazard hastoday been prosecuted.


Benjamin Simon Green (24) of Bondfield Lane, Yoxall, was ordered to pay a total of £7515 in fines and compensation at Birmingham Magistrate's Court today following the illegal removal of materials containing asbestos from a dry cleaners in Harborne in August 2008.


Green, a trained asbestos remover, was hired to remove asbestos insulation board from an internal wall in Professional Dry Cleaners, 2 Ravenshurst Road, Harborne. He left behind significant quantities of asbestos debris when he did so. 


The council was only alerted to the hazard some three weeks later by another asbestos contractor who had been asked by the owner of the dry cleaners to perform some air quality checks. The premises had been open to customers throughout the intervening period, and Mr Green's actions had put those using the premises at risk.


Environmental Health Officers ordered that the premises were closed until the debris was removed by a licensed contractor, and stringent air quality standards were met.


Green pleaded guilty to offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, during a previous hearing in January of this year.


Andy Lucas, Health and Safety Team Manager at Birmingham City Council, said:


“Asbestos is the single biggest industrial killer in Britain, and the control measures put in place before and during these removal works were totally inadequate. Members of the public were put at risk from unacceptable levels of asbestos fibres, which could have potentially lead to them becoming seriously ill in the future. 


We closed the premises as soon as they were aware of this risk, and have worked hard to secure this successful prosecution of Mr Green.”




For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007






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