Darwin-based building company charged for illegal asbestos removal work

A manufacturing and building company in Darwin has been charged by NT WorkSafe with five breaches of the work health and safety legislation for illegal asbestos removal work.

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.

The company has been charged violation of section32 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act, for failing to comply with health and safety duty, two charges contrary to Regulation 300 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations for failing to comply with a safe work method statement for high-risk construction work; one charge contrary to Regulation 422(1) of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations for failing to have asbestos identified by a competent person; and one contrary to Regulation 458(1) of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations for failing to ensure the asbestos removalist was licensed.

A breach of the Act carries a maximum penalty of $ 1,500,000 for a body corporate, and $ 30,000 for each breach of the regulations.

The matter has been listed for mention in the Darwin Local Court on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

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