Trader given suspended jail sentence after exposing couple to asbestos dust

24th March 2015

A trader who was not licensed to remove asbestos has been given a suspended jail sentence after he left asbestos debris in a couple’s home.

Clive Raper, who traded as Bramley Asbestos Removals, was hired by a couple in Leeds to remove asbestos insulating board from their garage. However, Mr Raper did not hold the proper licence, nor did the two workers he hired to help him complete the job. He also failed to carry out vital safety measures and implement legal controls, putting his workers and the couple at risk, reports

The incident was reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2011 after the concerned couple contacted Leeds Council. Mr Raper will serve eight months in prison after his 12 month suspension and is required to pay £260 in costs, reports

Paul Yeadon, HSE inspector, said it was unable to find the two workers who helped Mr Raper carry out the work.

“It is appalling that a trader who is fully familiar with the restrictions governing asbestos wilfully ignores them and puts a household and the workers he has hired in danger,” he stated. “It would appear that he has put profit ahead of the health and wellbeing of others, and in this case quite bafflingly, he put his own health at risk as well.”