Builder and condiment producer fined £108K for asbestos failings

Posted 15/01/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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When a building was being demolished an asbestos contractor was called to the site to identify the insulation board in the external wall. However, a licensed contractor should have be there to remove the asbestos under controlled conditions before the wall was demolished. This information was brought to the attention of Stafford Crown Court that Mizkan Euro and D H Welton & Co did not carry out an asbestos survey since work began.

Mizkan failed to provide evidence of an asbestos survey so D H Welton to quote and plan the job properly. However, Mizkan could only access a management survey for the building which could have been commissioned by D H Welton.

Branston Pickle, Sarson’s Vinegar and Haywards Pickled Vegetables are all brands of Mizkan Euro, who was guilty of breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The fine was £60,000 for each charge and were ordered to pay costs of £13,589.

D H Weloton were guilty of the same offences and had a further charge of Regulation 5(1) (a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The fine was £15,000 for each charge as well as £4529. The total cost of the asbestos penalties was more than £108,000.

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