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Asbestos on-the-spot fine 247526
|Date of incident||20 September 2017|
|Incident location (suburb)||Moranbah, Queensland|
The licensed asbestos removalist and builder was engaged by the owner of a domestic house (circa 1970s) to undertake renovations. The work involved the removal of internal and external walls, ceiling and cladding. An assumption was made by the builder/removalist there was no asbestos containing materials (ACM). To undertake the work, the PCBU used power tools including grinders to remove building materials.
An investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) subsequently identified ACM such as Wunderplank, asbestos fibro, Tilux, floor tiles and sheet vinyl were present and the removal activity generated asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) within and outside the property.
|Enforcement action taken||
An improvement notice was issued to the PCBU under s472(1) to clean up the ACD, which was complied with.
In consideration of the circumstances, it was decided that the most appropriate enforcement action was to: