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Company prosecuted for failing to spot asbestos in schools

An asbestos surveying company has been fined after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for failing to identify asbestos insulation board in school buildings in Rhondda Cynon Taf during a series of type 2 asbestos surveys carried out for the Authority.

Normandie Analytical Services carried out the surveys at Cardinal Newman Comprehensive School in Pontypridd, and Aberdare Boys School, Aberdare. Both surveys were inadequate in that the Company failed to identify the presence of asbestos in a number of areas within the schools.

HSE’s investigation followed an incident at Cardinal Newman Comprehensive School when asbestos insulation board was unintentionally disturbed by construction workers. This resulted in the construction workers being exposed to a potential risk to their health.

The Company, whose head office is in Guernsey, have branches across the UK including Bridgend, were prosecuted for two breaches of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and pleaded guilty at a hearing in Llwynypia Magistrates Court on 16th October 2008. It was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay over £21,000 in costs.