We had a recent reminder of how seriously HSE views breaches of asbestos regulations. Mansfield Soft Furnishings Ltd and David Mansfield were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after up to 30 employees were exposed to asbestos. A roof space used for storage was found to contain asbestos. The company didn’t have an asbestos survey carried out before moving into the building.
The business was served with an Improvement Notice and then a Prohibition Notice, the terms of which the company breached.
Mansfield Soft Furnishings Ltd was fined £30,000 after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of workers and failing to comply with the Prohibition Notice.
David Mansfield, 48, of Northolt Fold in Heywood, was fined £10,000 after admitting that he deliberately breached the Prohibition Notice. They also had to pay costs of £20,000.
On February 4, 2014