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A man from Rochester has found himself with a fine for £2,500 following his failure to wear protective clothing while in the presence asbestos.
The young man, who was a supervisor at a company licensed in the removal of asbestos, did not wear a mask while removing asbestos from a boiler room in a building in Canterbury. A Health and Safety inspector discovered the man was not wearing the correct protective equipment when she arrived at a visit on the premises last year. The inspector saw the man walking around a sealed enclosure on a CCTV camera. She rang the asbestos removal company telling them that they needed to get the worker out of the enclosure.
The situation prompted an investigation and ultimately brought the case to a magistrate’s court. It was noted in court that all other precautions had been taken care of in terms of health and safety. The supervisor said later that his breathing equipment was with him in the enclosure but that he had not worn it. The worker was found to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
HSE Inspector Nicola Wellard said, following the hearing: “It really does beggar belief that a trained supervisor with a licensed company, fully aware of the very real dangers associated with exposure to asbestos, could then casually disregard those dangers and work in a contaminated environment.” She added that the man should have been setting an example to other employees by taking the risks seriously, she added that she hoped he would not come to regret what he did in years to come.
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Published 13th February 2015.