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NHS trust fined over asbestos at hospital

21st January 2011

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken court action after asbestos fibres were released in a county hospital.

The HSE prosecuted Northamptonshire NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust, NUTEC Security Systems Ltd, company director Paul Beeby, with the case being heard at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court.

The court was told that the trust employed NUTEC to upgrade security at Isebrook Hospital between April and June 2008 but during cabling work, asbestos fibres were released into the hospital, which was open to public, staff and patients at the time.

The HSE investigated the incident and found that the trust did not ensure the contractor had received information on asbestos in the building or planned the project management of the work correctly.

The trust pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,755 costs.

NUTEC Security Systems Ltd, of Quarry Park Close, Northampton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5(a), 10 (1)(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The company was fined a total of £ 4,200 and ordered to pay £1,755 costs.

Paul Beeby, of The Avenue, Flore, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5(a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £ 1,755 costs.

 

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