Unlicensed demolisher receives significant fine for asbestos removal

Unlicensed demolisher receives significant fine for asbestos removal

Unlicensed demolisher receives significant fine for asbestos removal

The Magistrates Court has imposed fines amounting to $100,000 against a demolition business that undertook works without being licensed and failed to comply with mandatory standards relating to asbestos removal.

In evidence before Magistrate Joe Pinder, it was tendered that the business had demolished residential properties in Brisbane that contained asbestos on two separate occasions.

During the demolition process, the business failed to safely remove asbestos sheeting before using an excavator to demolish the premises. Consequently, the business was found to have caused the breaking of asbestos sheeting and the release of asbestos dust and debris.

At the time the work was undertaken, the business was not licensed to carry out demolition work.

Following complaints during demolition at one site, Work Health and Safety inspectors attended the site and issued several safety notices to the business, including requiring them to remove and dispose of asbestos waste safely.

However, the contractor ignored the notices, and the homeowner had to engage a separate licensed asbestos remover to perform remedial work at a cost of $16,500.

Inspectors were called to a separate address where the business had abandoned the work but left asbestos material strewn across the property. They again ignored notices to undertake remedial work, and the owner was forced to engage a separate contractor at a cost of $22,770.

The business was well known to the statutory authority, having previously been issued with 12 infringement notices, 21 improvement notices, and 9 prohibition notices for a range of offences against the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

The proprietor of the business failed to attend the court to dispute the current charges.

In imposing a fine of $100,000 for four combined offences, Magistrate Pinder said that the business demonstrated a complete disregard for health and safety legislation and put occupants and inspectors alike at risk of exposure to asbestos.

A conviction was recorded as well as the imposition of legal costs amounting to $1,601.40.

Unlicensed demolisher fined $100,000 for 2 offences of failing to manage risk arising from asbestos containing material during house demolitions | owhsp

For queries about safety, asbestos removal, demolition work, or other employment questions, please contact Dean Cameron at Workforce Advisory Lawyers – We Know Employment Law on 0417 622 178, 1300 WAL LAW or via email to dean.cameron@workforceadvisory.com.au

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