Asbestos removal company and managers sentenced after forging documents


An asbestos removal company, and two of its managers, have today been prosecuted after forging documents in order to obtain an asbestos licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 16 March 2012 and 10 March 2016, Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd used both forged medical certificates and forged asbestos training certificates for their asbestos removal operatives. These forged documents had been made by their asbestos operations manager, David Lloyd, and included medicals in the name of the company operations manager, Lee Cooper, and forged training certificates for Lee Cooper and the managing director, Brendan O’Halloran. The doctor who had allegedly issued these medical certificates had retired sometime earlier to live outside the UK.

The HSE investigation found the defendants had used forged documents to obtain an asbestos licence from HSE in order to trade. The investigation also found the company could not show that they had properly trained or adequately monitored their workers who were exposed to asbestos.

David Lloyd, of Hanwell Close, Leigh pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 22(1)(c) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for two years and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Lee Cooper, of Shelley Close, Huyton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 22(1)(c) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was ordered to undertake 80 hours of community service and pay costs of £1,000.

Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd of West Quay Road, Warrington, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 10(1)(a) and 22(1)(c) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £13,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

HSE inspector Matt Greenly said after the case:

“Putting people at risk from asbestos by not training them or monitoring their health, as required by law, not only puts their lives at risk from an incurable set of diseases, but is also wholly unnecessary.

“There are ample affordable training providers and approved doctors who can carry out these functions at the convenience of the contractor. Taking deliberate shortcuts by creating forged documents will not be tolerated by HSE and we will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Beat the SPA Price Increase!

The SPA are increasing their fees from 1st May but if you’re already booked onto a course in May or beyond we will honour the current rate! Book onto our SPA/UKPIA courses before the 18th April to secure the existing rate.


The SPA have announced that, as of the 1st May, they will be increasing the total price of the Petrol Retail Passport by £5.

We will therefore be raising our prices slightly to cover this increase. Our new rates for all courses after 30th April will be:

Course  Old Price New Price
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How it will work

If you have confirmed a booking on one of our SPA/UKPIA courses before Wednesday 18th April, you will be charged at the old price, however, if you book after the 18th April (for a course that runs in May or beyond) you will be charged the new price.

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WEATHER IMPACT – Course Update

The delightfully named ‘Beast from the East’ is doing its thing across the country and travel conditions, in places, are difficult to say the least. ALL of our scheduled courses, however, are running today and we ask that, if you are attending, you do not try to rush – just arrive safely.

For courses scheduled to run tomorrow we will put up a further notice this afternoon before close of business to let you know if we are able to run them.

Thanks for your understanding and we will do everything we can to maintain the schedule – as long as it is safe to do so.

Tersus Training Team

January Offers (for Feb)…

If, like me, you have committed to a post-Christmas regime to test your powers of will and self-control then you will undoubtedly be looking forward to getting January behind you. To give you something extra to look forward to we are offering a February promotion help make your compliance/training budget go that bit further.

Book any of the following in-house courses to run in February and save £££’s:

  • Asbestos Awareness (UKATA) was £525+vat – on offer for £350+vat  –  SAVE £175
  • Working with Non-Licensable Asbestos (UKATA) was £750+vat – on offer for £575+vat  –  SAVE £175

Mix & Match two sessions from any of the following 1/2 day courses for just  £575+vat  –  SAVE £175

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  • Working at Height Awareness
  • Manual Handling
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Fire Warden/Marshal
  • Risk Assessment Basics

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While you’re picking up the phone and making your booking  I will be seriously considering maintaining my post-Christmas commitment to ‘Dry Gin-uary’* beyond 31st January – I guess I’ll need to come up with a suitable Feb-related name for it though – any suggestions welcome.

*Drink responsibly

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