A Brisbane roofing company has been fined $100,000 for failing to handle and safely dispose of asbestos.
In 2015, the company was engaged to remove a storm damaged roof at a building leased by Trade Tools when several people were exposed to asbestos dust.
Head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Dr. Simon Blackwood said notices were issued to clean up the site because of widespread contamination throughout the main showroom.
“Trade Tools closed their doors to the public for two months and spent lots of money on remediation work to fix the problem,” said Dr. Blackwood.
“However, Roofmasters unnecessarily exposed their own workers, Trade Tools employees and members of the public to asbestos because they didn’t do things properly.
Magistrate Robert Walker considered the defendant’s failure to implement any controls on site exposing people to potentially serious illness. It was also noted that there was a serious lack of training in the handling and removal of asbestos.
“This is about proper risk management and making sure you are not exposing your employees, or anyone else for that matter, to the dangers associated with asbestos,” said Dr. Blackwood.
“If you do the wrong thing, chances are we will find you, and where necessary, you will face the full consequences of the law.”