Hartlepool man sentenced at Teesside Magistrates Court for removing asbestos without licence

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A Hartlepool man has been sentenced at court after he admitted removing asbestos from a school without a licence.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that Sean Thomas Faulkner, 55, failed to hold a licence to safely remove asbestos.

He also intentionally falsified clearance paperwork after removing materials containing asbestos from Our Lady Lourdes School in Shotton Colliery in March 2021.

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He previously carried out similar work at a domestic property in Middlesbrough in November 2020.

Teesside Magistrates Court.Teesside Magistrates Court.
Teesside Magistrates Court.

Faulkner, of Berkeley Avenue, Hartlepool, also failed to ensure a four-stage clearance was carried out on both jobs by a person accredited by an appropriate body.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Faulkner had received relevant training on how to safely remove licenced asbestos and was therefore fully aware of the legal requirement to hold a licence.

He pleaded guilty to six charges including contravening asbestos control regulations and breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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He was given an 18-month community order, which consists of 15 days of rehabilitation, 90 days of monitored alcohol abstinence as well as carrying out 150 hours of unpaid work. He will also pay costs of £1,000.

HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith said: “Asbestos related disease still kills around 5,000 workers each year in Great Britain.

“In this case Mr Faulkner intentionally falsified paperwork necessary to ensure the safety of both workers, other staff and vulnerable members of public.

“We will not hesitate to take action where individuals disregard health and safety law such as can be seen in this case.”