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Asbestos on-the-spot fine 251666
|Date of incident||02 January 2018|
|Incident location (suburb)||Woody Point, Queensland|
The sole trader PCBU was a painting contractor engaged by the owner of a domestic house to clean mould from the surface of external asbestos containing material (ACM) sheeting (asbestos fibro walls). To undertake the work, the PCBU used high pressure water spray equipment on the ACM surface. An investigation by the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Asbestos Unit identified this activity had the potential to cause asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) within and outside the property boundaries.
|Enforcement action taken||
A prohibition notice was issued to the PCBU under s420(1) to cease the activity of using high pressure water spray on an ACM surface, which was complied with.
In consideration of the circumstances and the mitigating features, it was decided that the most appropriate enforcement action was to issue an infringement notice to the sole trader PCBU under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011: