Builder fined for illegally removing asbestos

AsbestosThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Birmingham builder after he illegally removed and broke up asbestos panels from a home in Castle Bromwich.

HSE inspectors visited a house on Rover Drive on 19 July 2012, following a call from a Solihull Council environmental health officer about possible unlicensed asbestos removal work.

The subsequent HSE investigation found that, during works, the builder had been wearing only a dust mask for protection as he removed a number of Asbestos Insulating Boards (AIBs) from the ceiling. He broke these into pieces and put the uncovered panels on the householder's driveway. He had no plan for the work and had not acquired a survey of the building, so did not know that the material was asbestos. He also did not provide any information to the householders.

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