A supervisor in charge of the removal of asbestos at a Canterbury school has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after recklessly exposing himself to the dangerous material.
Canterbury Magistrates Court heard this week (May 20th) how 23-year-old Jack Conn carried out all the necessary preparations for the safe removal of asbestos at the school and had undergone the proper training to be a supervisor for such work.
However, during an inspection of progress at the site by the HSE, he was seen working in an enclosed area without proper respiratory equipment.
He later admitted that, even though he had the equipment with him, he had chosen not to wear it – despite the risks this posed to his health.
Responding to the case, HSE inspector Nicola Wellard commented: "Jack Conn, as supervisor, should have been setting a high standard to other employees and being seen to take seriously the precautions necessary to control the risks to himself and others."
Mr Conn pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined GBP 1,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of GBP 1,500.
Posted by Wayne Weir