19 January 2010

Pickles' scandal asbestos removalist back in business

| Gungahlin Al
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The asbestos removalist responsible for the scandal at the Pickles auction warehouse in Fyshwick is back in business, albeit with much increased licence conditions, according to Canberra Times. Australasian Technical Services had been removing asbestos-based roofing and wall sheeting without protective clothing, and dust fall from their work spread through areas being used by staff and the public, with the dust covering cars up for auction.

They are also the same company working on the ASIO site, but this job continued.

The ACT’s Construction Occupations Registrar Craig Simmons told an ACAT hearing that the company is now operating under the “most severe” conditions imposed on any ACT contractor.

The hearing was about restoring ATS’s licence, and apparently the parties are close to an agreement for ongoing conditions.

The CT piece mentions that the ACAT “action against the company had ended”.

Can’t help but wonder whether this company got off pretty lightly for what seems very negligent behaviour that put many people’s health at risk?

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stonedwookie10:58 pm 20 Jan 10

check out alot of the public schools at the moment.
seems there diggin pits at the schools! and dumping the conscruction rubble on site.
roof boards bricks etc id say they probley have abestos in them why esle would they bury them there instead of taking it to the tip.
its happening down at giralang at the moment huge pit of rubble ready to be covered up.

GardeningGirl9:10 pm 19 Jan 10

I find it unbelievable and can only assume that there aren’t enough “experts” in the asbestos removal field and the government is bending over backwards to not diminish the numbers further.

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