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Asbestos on-the-spot fine 262555
|Date of incident||04 October 2018|
|Incident location (suburb)||Manly West, Brisbane, Queensland|
The Sole Trader PCBU was a building contractor undertaking renovation work engaged by the owner of a domestic house to, amongst other things, remove asbestos containing material sheeting. To undertake the work, the PCBU used implements (hammer and crow bar) in an uncontrolled manner to remove the asbestos containing material sheeting. An investigation by the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) identified this activity generated asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) within the property boundaries.
Removing asbestos containing sheeting using implements that caused the release of airborne asbestos into the atmosphere is a prohibited practiceand is considered a serious breach in terms of the potential to expose person/s to a risk of illness, However, the extent to which the prohibited practice was performed caused minimal potential risk, in that
|Enforcement action taken||
In consideration of the circumstances and the mitigating features, an infringement notice was issued to the sole trader PCBU under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011: