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Car dealers fined for not getting rid of showroom asbestos

PUBLISHED: 02:21 01 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

CAR dealers has been fined £7,000 in London’s East End for failing to remove asbestos from the premises. A routine inspection by a public health inspector at the Peugeot showrooms of Robins & Day in Mile End found they were “failing to manage asbestos.” The company was also ordered by a district judge on October 28 to pay Tower Hamlets £2,000 costs

Mike Brooke

CAR dealers have been fined £7,000 in London’s East End for failing to remove asbestos from the premises.

A routine inspection by a public health inspector at the Peugeot showrooms of Robins & Day in Mile End found they were “failing to manage asbestos.”

The company was aware of asbestos in the building, following a survey carried out in 2004, a district judge was told.

The survey showed asbestos present and recommended it be removed from the premises in Mile End Road—but the work had not been carried out.

Tower Hamlets environmental health officer William Sasu has since been working with the company to get the asbestos removed.

But in the meantime, the company was fined at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (October 28) and also ordered to pay Tower Hamlets more than £2,000 costs.

The district judge expressed concern on the effect on human health that asbestos can have and recognized that it “is a dangerous substance which has potential harm.”

The council’s Commercial Service manager David Tolley said after last Tuesday’s hearing: “The death rate from asbestos in Britain runs at 4,000 a year.

“The presence of asbestos is a serious issuing posing a potential fatal risk.

“This prosecution was part of our ongoing work to make sure companies are aware of their responsibilities.”

The authority has carried out 70 inspections and is actively pursuing other firms “for similar failings.”

The case comes at a time when the Health and Safety Executive has launched a campaign to encourage tradesmen to be aware of asbestos dangers.

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