Darwin-based building company charged for illegal asbestos removal work

Reported by Haydee | 04 Oct, 2017

It is alleged that the company was contracted to refurbish three properties and allowed unlicensed workers to remove asbestos from two of the properties in October and November 2015. The workers were allegedly given no training or appropriate safety equipment, despite knowing the properties contained asbestos.


Asbestos-containing waste fell off truck

Reported by Haydee | 15 Apr, 2014

Building wastes containing asbestos, which accidentally fell off the back of a truck at Old Guildford in Sydney’s west were cleared up by fire crews on Monday.

Union concerned on alleged asbestos importation

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Unions are worried that ten years after asbestos has been banned in Australia, its importation still continues. According to ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick, making the country asbestos-free by 2030 is unlikely to happen at this rate. “The goal of an asbestos free Australia by 2030 cannot be reached if an ineffectual …

Ensuring safety from asbestos after bushfires

Reported by Haydee | 21 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has waived the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up and protect people from asbestos. NSW is currently experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in 10 years and WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John  Watson, said fast-tracking assessments will ensure that fire …

Builders warned of asbestos risk in temporary power boards

Reported by Haydee | 05 Aug, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding builders to check temporary power boards for asbestos. According to Queensland’s safety watchdog, asbestos containing materials or ACM were commonly used as an electrical insulator on meter boards and panels, and as bases to busbars, spark arresters and flash guards. Older switchboards have higher chances …

Asbestos removal on a Downer home to commence

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jul, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Work will soon commence on the removal of loose-fill asbestos insulation from a residential area in Downer, the ACT Work Safety Commissioner announced today. Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe, said the house was missed during the Loose Asbestos Insulation Removal Program in 1988-1993. “Although this form of asbestos poses clear health risks, …

Harbour Bridge workers stop work over asbestos safety concerns

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jun, 2013

Photo: National Health and Medical Research Council Around 150 workers have walked off their job as asbestos contamination testing is being conducted at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The site was shut down this morning after a meeting was done between the NSW Roads and Maritime Service and union representatives. According to an ABC report, asbestos …

WorkSafe ACT to work with Comcare on asbestos pits issue

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jun, 2013

The ACT government is working with Comcare and a telecommunications company in relation to health and safety issues associated with the National Broadband Network rollout in the country, particularly issues involving the telecommunication company’s ‘pits’ (Read SafetyCulture report). Work has been stopped in the ACT until a comprehensive management strategy is reviewed and implemented. The …

Renewed push for the creation of asbestos authority

Reported by Haydee | 15 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Building unions have launched a campaign on Wednesday in Sydney to renew a push for the creation of a federal asbestos authority. The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and asbestos community groups urge their members to call on the Federal Government to “commit Budget funds so the massive task of clearing Australia’s buildings …

Five-day asbestos removal notification waived to facilitate clean-up after bushfires

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has waived the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up of asbestos debris from the bushfires. WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson said in usual circumstances, legislation will require a five-day wait period before removing asbestos. “This five-day timeframe allows for WorkCover …