Company fined £20,000 after exposing workers to “uncontrolled spread” of asbestos

 

Company fined £20,000 after exposing workers to “uncontrolled spread” of asbestos

Stretford-based Eye Track Ltd was found guilty of breaching work safety laws.

Director Selcuk Pinarbarsi admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was given a 20-week suspended sentence.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said he was “fully aware” of the danger.

Manchester Crown Court heard Pinarbarsi had commissioned a survey of the site.

‘Profits over safety’

HSE inspector Phil Redman said: “Lives were deliberately put at risk as profits were prioritised over safety during the uncontrolled demolition and removal of asbestos containing materials.

“Eye Track Limited and its director showed a total disregard for the health, safety and welfare of workers working under their control.”

 

 

Concerns

HSE said it attended the firm’s premises on Talbot Road in April 2019 after concerns were raised about people working unsafely at height.

It found the site scattered with materials containing asbestos, largely from insulating roof sheets.

The HSE said one of the demolished units contained 100 square metres of asbestos insulation board, some of which was demolished by hand.

An investigation revealed that the asbestos removal work was carried out under the direct control and instruction of Pinarbasi.

The survey he had commissioned had “identified in detail” the presence of asbestos on site.

Asbestos is now banned in building and can cause a lung cancers including incurable mesothelioma, which often develops many years after exposure.

Eye Track and Pinarbasi were each ordered to pay £18,783.61 in prosecution costs, in addition to Pinarbasi being fined £75,000.