Squibb Group Limited is very disappointed at its conviction, and the sentence imposed by the Court, for a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, particularly in the light of its acquittal on the charge of breaching Section 3(1) of the Act.
The company is considering with its lawyers an appeal against that conviction and in the circumstances it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.
Squibb Group Ltd attended site on the 24 July, the Squibb Group Ltd Site Manager undertook Mansell Site Induction, which included reviewing both the UKAS Accredited Redhill Refurbishment and Demolition Survey and NPS Asbestos Management Plan. No physical works had commenced on site when he lifted a single suspended ceiling tile in a room, a room that had no recorded asbestos within it, and asbestos debris from previously disturbed asbestos landed upon him.
On discovery of the asbestos, the Squibb Group Ltd Site Manager followed the company prescribed procedures and closed the site down to ensure there was no possibility of the spread of asbestos to anyone else, these actions were applauded during the trial.
As was stated at the trial, SGL has been in existence for nearly 70 years and has had an unblemished safety record. That is due to our commitment as an organisation to attaining and maintaining the highest standards of health and safety management.