A Northern Irish contractor has been fined for disturbing asbestos whilst demolishing a bungalow in Dromore, Ireland.
Michael Galloway, trading as MG Construction, was fined a total of £2,500 and given a 12 month conditional discharge after pleading guilty, at Newry Crown Court, to three breaches of health and safety legislation.
Materials containing asbestos were disturbed, spread and removed from the bungalow at a site in Lough Road, Dromore, Co. Down between 22nd September and 7th October 2010.
The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive Northern IReland (HSENI) found that Mr Galloway removed asbestos insulation board (AIB) without the necessary license. Mr Galloway had previously taken two samples from the bungalow, which were analysed and found to be grey insulation board containing amosite and chrysotile asbestos.
The HSENI investigation also found that MR Galloway did not take adequate steps to prevent both exposure to and the spread of asbestos fibres by allowing workers to carry out demolition work in areas that were contaminated with asbestos debris.
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