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Demolition firm Bridgeline Environmental Services fined over botched asbestos job

A demolition firm which removed asbestos contrary to safety instructions has been fined £500.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said he would have imposed a £5,000 fine on Bridgeline Environmental Services Ltd but that since the company was now effectively insolvent, there was no real prospect of that fine being paid.

The Crown Court heard that the demolition firm had removed some 340 tonnes of asbestos from the derelict Courtaulds factory in Carrickfergus, but that the offences arose over two huge boilers in July 2009.

Prosecuting lawyer Philip Henry said that the suspended boilers weighed between 20 and 60 tonnes and that the firm had constructed a small enclosure to deal with the resulting asbestos.

Despite the Health & Safety Executive NI giving instructions that a larger enclosure was needed, engineers had removed them outside where they were being cut up, giving rise to the risk that potentially lethal asbestos could become airborne.

Limavady's Bridgeline Environmental Services had pleaded guilty to two offences that its failed to conduct its work by ensuring the health and safety of employees and non employees. The firm had since been unable to take in any work and had been run at a loss.

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