Manchester Landlord Avoids Jail After Asbestos is Found in His Building

A North Quarter building that was undergoing a renovation was found to have asbestos during an inspection and workers could have unknowingly been exposed to it, PAC Asbestos Surveys has learned.

The Stevenson Square building’s owner was hauled before courts over fears for health and safety that occurred during its refurbishment that was started five years ago.

The building in question is 1-3 Stevenson Square and eateries called Slice Pizzeria and Chai Latte are based in the ground floor.

The landlord of the building, Whaid Ahmed, has avoided jail time after appearing at Manchester magistrates court earlier this month.

The court prosecuted him after he failed to get an asbestos survey when work on the building started in April 2012.

This shocking news was uncovered when the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out a routine inspection of the building.

The inspection found an incredibly large amount of asbestos in the building and some of it was in very poor condition leading them to believe it had been disturbed.

This means that someone had previously tried to remove the asbestos without the proper safety equipment where the building had already been renovated.

Resulting from the investigation, the HSE found that Ahmed had failed to identify the risk involved in the removal of the deadly substance and he didn’t put any measures in place to make sure that his workers wouldn’t be exposed to it.

The HSE had also previously started enforcement against Ahmed over a similar issue previously and he was ‘well aware of his duties under the law’.

Ahmed, of Hale Barns, Altrincham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5(a), 11(1)(a) and 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Matt Greenly said: “This case highlights the importance of surveying a property for asbestos to prevent risk to anyone occupying or working in that building and to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos and contracting incurable diseases as a result of that exposure.”

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