The director of a company in the West Midlands, UK, has been fined thousands of dollars after it was found that he had sanctioned unlicensed asbestos removal from his company premises. The company director has been fined around twenty six thousand dollars in fines and costs as a result of the asbestos removal.

Asbestos is a potentially deadly carcinogenic, and can cause a range of serious health problems, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma, through exposure to its airborne dust and fibers, which can result when asbestos is disturbed. There are therefore strict regulations in place with regards to the removal and handling of asbestos.

Roger Lee Lavender was found to have failed to ensure that the asbestos had been removed by a licensed firm, and was found to have endangered the health of his employees by allowing them to be exposed to the dust and fibers from the asbestos removal.

One inspector said: “The [2004] asbestos survey made it clear that any removal of the material was dangerous and must be carried out by licensed specialists. However, Mr Lavender allowed his employees to be exposed to the serious risk of inhaling a class one carcinogen that can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer.”

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