City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has been fined after contractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. Over the weekend of 24/25 March 2012 the contractors drilled through door surrounds on a ward to install cables.
The following day it was confirmed that the door surrounds were made of asbestos insulating board. Drilling the board could cause fibres to be released into the air and potentially expose the contractors, hospital staff and members of the public to asbestos fibres.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the Trust had an asbestos survey that showed the door surrounds contained asbestos but no information on the location or condition of any asbestos was given to the contractors.
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was find £3,000 and ordered to pay £4,582.40 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(9)(c)(i) if the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
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