UK firm fined over asbestos…

Libra Demolition failed to manage asbestos on Nottingham contract.

A demolition firm has been fined after failing to manage and monitor asbestos removal work at a site in Nottinghamshire.

Yorkshire-based Libra Demolition Ltd was the principal contractor on a project to demolish buildings at the former Vesuvius works in Sandy Lane, Worksop, Nottinghamshire between 25 March and 22 August 2008.

A number of buildings on the site contained notifiable asbestos, the removal of which should be declared to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and carried out by a licensed asbestos contractor.

During a joint HSE and Environment Agency (EA) prosecution, Worksop Magistrates’ Court heard the buildings were demolished but no records of the safe removal or disposal of the asbestos were found and HSE received no notifications for its removal.

The discovery came to light when debris from the Vesuvius site was found at an unlicensed waste disposal site on Leverton Road, Retford, by the EA.

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