Recycling service fined after exposing workers to asbestos

Jonathon Belshaw of Belshaw’s Recycling Service in Portadown, Northern Ireland, has been sentenced to 6 months imprisonment suspended for three years and fined £6000.

Mr Belshaw pleaded guilty to failing to prevent the spread of asbestos when he was contracted to remove materials from a disused factory. He employed two casual workers at the site, but had failed to detect the friable asbestos insulation on the building structures, as well as the site being extensively contaminated with other ACM’s (asbestos containing materials).

It is essential that asbestos surveys are always carried out before any works commence to minimise the potential for exposure. It was found that Mr Belshaw had failed to obtain a suitable and sufficient assessment of the site, and so putting his employees at risk.

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