Unlicensed Company Fined for Removing Asbestos Ceiling from Luton School

Dec 08, 2015
A construction firm based in Luton have been prosecuted for removing an asbestos ceiling from a school as a result of not being legally approved to do the work.

Clarks Construction Limited had been engaged by the Board of Governors at Caddington Village School to refurbish the school’s changing rooms, toilets and associated areas.

The school had taken steps to conduct a specific refurbishment survey which identified the presence of asbestos in a ceiling of one of the rooms. Clarks Construction Limited removed the ceiling in August 2013 without consultation with the school or effective reference to the asbestos survey.

Clarks Construction Limited, of Windsor Street, Luton, was fined by Luton Magistrates Court a total of £3,300, and ordered to pay £662 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for carrying out the work.

Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires specified work with asbestos to be undertaken only by a licensed contractor due to the inherent level of risk involved.  

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