Printing Company Directors Fined for Unlicensed Asbestos Removal

D&M Heritage Limited directors Charles Dunn and Jeremy Mills were fined after Leeds Magistrates Court found them guilty of authorising removal of AIB by untrained personnel.

An investigation by the HSE found that previously identified AIB in free standing cupboards, was broken up in removal, releasing asbestos fibres. Some of the removed material was  removed and bagged, and other pieces placed in a skip.

Charles Dunn of Mill Lane, Mixenden, Halifax pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act (due to Reg 11 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) and a second charge of breaching Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act (due to Reg 16 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012). He was fined £916 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.

Jeremy Mills of Occupation Road, Linley, Huddersfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act (due to Reg 11 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) and a second charge of breaching Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act (due to Reg 16 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012). He was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs.

Asbestos is a killer. Companies need to recognise the dangers of removing asbestos by themselves both to their employees and others. Asbestos removal should only be carried out by trained personnel who understand the risks and know how to control them.

HSE inspector Yolande Burns-Sleightholme