Belfast Health and Social Care Trust on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two offences relating to breaches of health and safety legislation.
While the trust pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to two offences of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees and failing to protect non-employees on 28 February 2011, two further offences relating to the management and control of asbestos in January and February were “left on the books”.
No facts were opened in court on Tuesday and the Deputy Recorder of Belfast Judge Corinne Philpott QC adjourned passing sentence, limited to a fine, until next month.
It is however the second time in the space of six months that the Trust has been before the courts for breaching the Health and Safety regulations.
Last March, the Trust was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,750 in costs for offences relating to the disposal of potentially lethal asbestos when, on January 14 2011, three construction workers were exposed to asbestos while repairing a floor at the City Hospital.
The court heard at that time how a section of ceiling had to be removed to gain access to the floor above but that it was constructed of asbestos insulation board (AIB) and that while the City hospital was known to contain asbestos following a survey, that information had not been passed onto maintenance contractors.