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Cheshire firm in court after workers exposed to asbestos

A laboratory design and installation specialist has been fined after exposing workers, pupils and teachers to asbestos material at a school in Suffolk.

The incident in July 2012 occurred during refurbishment work to modernise parts of Newmarket College School’s science block.

During the work- which was managed by Labform, of Lymm, Cheshire - subcontractors disturbed asbestos as they were removing a wall and channelling the floor.

Labform was prosecuted at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 12 May after an investigation found that it had not arranged for a detailed refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey to be undertaken, as was required.

Labform was fined £22,400 and ordered to pay £11,741 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector David King said: “Exposure to asbestos fibres is a serious and well-known health risk, so it is essential that duty-holders take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the disturbance, spread and exposure to it.

“Failing to take action to identify asbestos while planning work, to ensure that any contractors who may disturb asbestos are aware of the location and type of asbestos present and not taking appropriate measures to protect the health of others is totally inexcusable.”

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