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Asbestos on-the-spot fine 241345
|Date of incident||11 April 2017|
|Incident location (suburb)||Edge Hill 4870|
The PCBU used a 20t Doosan Excavator to demolish a residential structure owned by a friend. The residential structure was a highset 1940’s style chamfer board house constructed on 2m stumps with an iron roof. The areas likely to contain asbestos in the house were in the bathrooms and internal walls. The PCBU operated the excavator that had been dry hired from a local civil contracting company. The original plan was to use the excavator to move the vacant dwelling from its stumps and away from an adjoining property, but the structure became unstable and a decision was made to demolish instead. Demolition took approximately 45minutues. Complaints were made to WHSQ and the local council. Issues raised were that the demolition was done without any warning to persons in the vicinity of the building, with no controls to prevent exposure to airborne ACM or control the risk of flying debris.
|Enforcement action taken||
In considering the circumstances and the mitigating features, it was decided that the most appropriate enforcement action was to issue infringement notices to the PCBU (excavator operator) under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011: