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Asbestos on-the-spot fine 262600
|Date of incident||02 October 2018|
|Incident location (suburb)||Moranbah, Queensland 4744|
A sole trader maintenance business was engaged by a second party business who in turn was engaged by the owners of a newly purchased domestic house to renovate the house. Part of the work involved the removal of sections of external wall cladding for the purpose of fitting an external wall mounted air-conditioner. An assumption was made by the sole trader maintenance business that there was no asbestos within the cladding.
The sole trader, assisted by a worker, proceeded to cut three small square cavities out of the asbestos containing material (ACM) wall cladding for an air-conditioner to be installed. The work was being conducted using a power saw fitted with (water) dust suppression, but clouds of dust were still observed emitting from the work and small pieces of ACM cladding were left on the ground in the immediate work area.
|Enforcement action taken||
Three non-disturbance notices, a prohibition notice and an improvement notice were issued. The improvement notice required the PCBU to make safe the property by engaging a licenced A class asbestos removalist to contain and remove the ACM debris.
In consideration of the circumstances, it was decided that further appropriate enforcement action was to: