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A property developer in Nottingham has been fined after pleading guilty to exposing employees to asbestos.
James Roger Carlton, who is also known as Roger Stephen Parry, 64, neglected to tell his workers there was potentially dangerous material in a pre-fabricated building at a school in Retford.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the school, which was being converted into a retirement complex during a safety initiative and told Mr Carlton he had to be careful to abide by regulations on the withdrawal of asbestos.
However, eight days later the HSE received a letter of complaint from a member of the public that the toxic substance was not being removed properly by the workers at King Edward VI School and investigators once again advised the executive to have surveys carried out before it took insulation out of the building.
When inspectors arrived just over two months later they found rubble contained asbestos, which indicated Mr Carlton did not properly dispose of the material and a prohibition notice was immediately served to stop work.
HSE investigators visited the site five months later and, once again, discovered workers were breaching rules and they found two members of Mr Carlton's firm putting the carcinogen into a skip and sweeping dust with asbestos particles in - putting people in danger.
Because of all of these serious, repeat offences, the HSE prosecuted Mr Carlton and he pleaded guilty to over 12 charges at Nottingham Crown Court, where he received a sentence of eight months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also fined £55,000 and ordered to pay £45,000 in costs.
HSE inspector Kevin Wilson said: "Mr Carlton showed a willful disregard for the health and safety of his employees and others. Our investigation uncovered a catalogue of serious errors, safety failings and a general ignorance of the laws around the safe and correct removal of asbestos.
"This was an appalling case of failing to properly plan, manage and resource this project which led to workers being exposed to risks to their health."
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