Client fined over failure to remove site asbestos


A Hertfordshire care home has been fined after it failed to ensure asbestos was removed from old buildings before demolition work. 

The unsafe working practices were revealed after a complaint last spring from a member of the public living close to the former hospital site on Hospital Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

HSE inspectors found the former Chesham Community Hospital buildings had been partially demolished by a contractor. But client, Chesham Care, which was legally acting as the ‘principal contractor’, had failed to ensure asbestos containing materials were removed prior to demolition.

High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court, heard Chesham Care was acting as the ‘client’ for the project, but as it had failed to appoint a principal contractor/construction design and management co-ordinator in writing, by law it had assumed the associated legal duties and roles.

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