An estate managing director from Brighton has been fined after failing to control the spread of asbestos during the demolition of a building.
A prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was found Brian Marshall breached asbestos safety regulations.
Brighton Magistrates' Court heard that in May 2011, Mr Marshall instructed a worker to dismantle a building at Bluebell Business Estate, Uckfield, with an excavator without carrying out an asbestos survey.
A HSE investigation found that Mr Marshall was told about the need to manage asbestos by Lewes District Council and even obtained a quote for an asbestos refurbishment on another project nearby.
After the hearing, HSE's inspector Russell Beckett said: "Mr Marshall was well aware of the need to carry out an asbestos survey but decided to carry on without one. This is a shocking case of a director who did know better simply ignoring the law."
He pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined GBP 8,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 10,449.
Posted by Trevor Baker