Asbestos removal firm fined £15,000 for lack of licence

2nd September 2014

An asbestos removal firm has been fined £15,000 after it continued to work after its licence renewal was refused by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Hove-based Asbestos Damage Limitations Ltd (ADL) realised its licence had expired in September 2013. Although it applied to renew its licence, the HSE refused it following a renewal interview, as the firm had a history of inadequate performance. Despite this, ADL carried out asbestos removal work during October at a premise in Dyke Road, Hove, reports

The HSE had the incident brought to its attention when it investigated a complaint regarding an unlicensed contractor. ADL was prosecuted at Brighton Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs on top of its £15,000 fine, reports

Denis Bodger, HSE inspector, commented that ADL was aware that it was illegal to carry out the work it did in 2013.

“ADL obviously decided to ignore the fact that its asbestos licence had expired and also that the application to renew had been refused,” he said. “Instead it carried on regardless and went ahead with work at the premises, removing a ceiling that contained asbestos insulation board.”

He added that some 4,500 people in the UK die every year due to asbestos-related diseases, so it is important that companies handling asbestos are highly regulated. Without such regulation, the HSE has no way of knowing if the work being carried out is being done so safely.