Waste removal contractor fined after asbestos concerns

A waste removal contractor from Bridgend has been sentenced after undertaking asbestos removal work at two locations without being licensed to do so.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how, on two occasions 1 September and 7 November 2016 Mark John Gibson, who advertised as an asbestos removal service, was contracted to remove asbestos containing materials from properties in Pont Y Clun and Dyffryn Chapel, Caerau.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Gibson (trading as All-Gone Waste) worked with asbestos containing materials that required him to have a licence from the HSE. He did not and has never had a licence issued to him for this purpose.

Mark John Gibson of High View, Bridgend pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 8 (1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and Regulations 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He has been fined £1500.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2657.00

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Phil Nicolle said: “Mr Gibson undertook asbestos removal work which he was not licensed to do.

“Asbestos removal must be done by HSE licensed contractors to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent health risks to employees and members of public.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk


Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/waste-removal-contractor-fined-after-asbestos-concerns/