Man fined $24,000 for unsafe asbestos removal

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The Industrial Court on Monday convicted an asbestos removalist of seven counts of unsafe asbestos removal work.

The man entered a guilty plea and was convicted undertaking Class A asbestos removal work without authorization, failing to engage a suitably qualified person to carry out mandatory air monitoring and clearance inspection, providing false and misleading documentation to the regulator, and failing to provide the homeowner with a copy of the Asbestos Removal Control Plan before starting work.

An initial fine of $40,000 was reduced to $24,000 plus court costs because of his early guilty plea.

In addition to the fine, the man’s licence was cancelled and he was disqualified from applying for a new licence for three years. He was also required to train before re-applying.

“By his action the defendant has effectively lost his business and any income that he might have derived from that business,” said Industrial Magistrate Ardlie.

“Whenever asbestos is involved, the health and safety of workers as well as other people, including neighbouring property owners, is of paramount importance,” said Ms Marie Boland, Executive Director of SafeWork SA.

“SafeWork SA is prepared to cancel licences, or seek disqualification from holding a licence, where that’s in the best interest of the wider community.”

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