Asbestos breach costs firm $45K

  • 16/12/2015
Asbestos breach costs firm $45K

A Christchurch construction firm that failed to take proper steps after asbestos was discovered on a demolition site has been fined $45,000.

Blakely Construction was handed the fine in Christchurch District Court yesterday on two health and safety charges relating to the demolition of a building in March last year.

After roofing sheets that contained asbestos were accidentally broken up, work continued on the site for more than a week rather than bringing in asbestos specialists to deal with it.

WorkSafe's Jo Pugh said the firm should have identified all asbestos containing materials and removed them before demolition work started.

"Once the company became aware of asbestos contamination it should have stopped work on site immediately and ensured that it was fully decontaminated before resuming work.

"There are clear rules around asbestos and as an experienced demolition contractor, Blakely Construction had no excuse for not meeting its obligations to its workers and those who may have been in the vicinity," she said.