A Ballymena asbestos surveying company has been fined £7,500 after failing to identify asbestos in a County Antrim retail outlet.
Asbestos Management Services (AMS) Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Order and was fined £7,500.
Antrim Crown Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) were made aware that employees of two separate contractors were put at risk while refurbishing a shop in Antrim in January 2016.
AMS had been contracted to conduct an asbestos survey and took a number of samples.
However the AMS surveyor then gave the go-ahead for work to take place before receiving the results of the sample analysis back, which later determined that asbestos had been present.
HSENI inspector Kyle Carrick said: “It is essential that asbestos surveys are always conducted in a structured, methodical and systematic manner so as to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos from subsequent work activities.”