QLD: Firm charged over use metal fasteners in insulation installation

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A Sunshine Coast company is facing charges for using metal staplers to secure insulation in a home in Pelican Waters. The owner and operator of the company has been charged by the Queensland’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General with breaching section 27 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002. The charges allege that ceiling insulation was …

Insulation Scheme Swamped with Problems – Report

Reported by Julia | 15 Oct, 2010

A report has revealed substantial deficiencies in the federal government’s axed home insulation program, pointing out that normal risk management practices had been largely neglected. The Auditor-General’s report, which has been released today, notes how the Department of Environment became overwhelmed by claims of fraud and safety issues in a rush to meet the scheme’s …

QLD: Court Imposes Record Fine Over Insulation Worker’s Electrocution

Reported by Julia | 18 Sep, 2010

The Rockhampton Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a Queensland firm $135,000 yesterday over the death of an insulation installer. A 16-year-old employee of the company was electrocuted on 18 November 2009 while installing fibreglass insulation in a home in central Queensland. The teenager was one of four workers killed during the axed home insulation program …

QLD: Industry Group Says Safety Switches Could Have Saved Insulation Installer’s Life

Reported by Julia | 16 Sep, 2010

Safety switches could have saved the life of an insulation installer who was electrocuted in central Queensland last year, Master Electricians Australia (MEA) said. A 16-year-old man was killed in November 2009 after receiving electric shock in a Rockhampton home in November while installing insulation. In the court hearing on the young man’s death, the …

QLD: Employers Admit Fault Over Insulation Worker’s Death

Reported by Julia | 15 Sep, 2010

The employers of an insulation installer who died in central Queensland last year have pleaded guilty to violating safety laws. A 16-year-old worker was electrocuted while working in the roof of a Rockhampton home in November 2009. The teenager’s death is one of four linked to the insulation program of the Federal Government, which was …

Insulation Inspectors Under Fire

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2010

Insulation installers and industry groups have raised concerns that the people tasked by the Federal Government to conduct safety inspections are not properly trained. Around 200,000 affected homes are currently being looked into by Government inspectors under the botched insulation installation scheme amid safety and fraud issues. Around half of the 50,000 homes installed with …

Insulation Remedy to Cost Half a Billion Dollars

Reported by Julia | 17 May, 2010

It will cost taxpayers over $480 million to fix faulty ceiling insulations, Budget papers reveal. The price tag is more than the original rebate paid for the shoddy ceiling installations. Over one million houses had ceiling insulations installed under the $2.45 billion program. It was discontinued earlier in the year amid the death of four …

NSW: Suspension of Insulation Scheme to Affect Insulators

Reported by Julia | 24 Feb, 2010

A Wagga Wagga insulation and plumbing company says it will weather the Government’s decision to put the insulation scheme on hold, although other companies are likely to downsize and suffer losses. Accounts of haphazard insulation, injuries and house fires across the country has contributed to the decision to suspend the program until June 2010. Power’s …