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Fine over school asbestos surveys

An HSE leaflet about asbestos
Construction workers were exposed to "an unnecessary risk".

A company has been fined for failing to identify asbestos during survey work at two Rhondda Cynon Taf schools.

Normandie Analytical Services was fined 18,000 and ordered to pay more than 21,000 in costs by magistrates.

The company failed to identify asbestos insulation board at Cardinal Newman Comprehensive School in Pontypridd and Aberdare Boys' School.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said construction workers were exposed to "an unnecessary risk".

The surveys were carried out ahead of building work in February last year.

The HSE, which prosecuted the Guernsey-based company, said asbestos insulation board posed no risk to health if left intact and undisturbed.

But the inaccurate survey resulted in construction workers disturbing the asbestos.

Normandie Analytical Services, which has branches across the UK including Bridgend, was prosecuted for two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and pleaded guilty at Llwynypia magistrates' court.

HSE inspector Steve Lewis said: "This case demonstrates a repeated failure by this company to carry out systematic and comprehensive checks for asbestos."

The HSE said Rhondda Cynon Taf council had "taken all appropriate steps to fulfil their duty to manage the situation".

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