Coastal Asbestos are proud winners of the Master Builders Award for 2020 Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety Award

Coastal Asbestos are proud winners of the Master Builders Award for 2020 Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety Award

Working with explosive gases, sulphuric acid, asbestos and working at heights, 14 metres down a sewage well, that has one million litres of raw sewage pumped through it a day. This doesn’t sound like any other day at work, and I believe it wasn’t, however it was one of the most rewarding days at work we had had for a long time, and it is how we won a Master Builders Queensland Gold Coast Region Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety 2020, and this is the story.

It started just like any other job. We had a call at the office to ask if we would quote a project to remove some asbestos pipes from a pump station. We had no idea we were in for a 3 month saga that would end 18 months later in an award for Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety! It is not the biggest job we have ever done but it is by far the most complex job we have ever done.

Stick with me while I try to paint a picture for you.

The scope was to remove 60 metres of asbestos vent pipe that was four hundred and fifty millimetres wide and weighed twenty five kilograms a metre in total, fifteen hundred kilos from an underground sewage well, fourteen metres underground without contaminating the facility with asbestos fibres and allowing twenty four hours a day, seven days a week access for Gold Coast Council maintenance staff, just in case the pumps failed and sewage filled the streets.

The High-risk activities we had to manage were Friable and Non-Friable asbestos, work at heights, rope access work, work in confined spaces, working with explosive gases and working with acids. We were confident we had put the right team together and with months of meticulous planning, specialist training and purchasing specialty equipment, we were good to go!

The pump station itself was just a small non-descript brick building from the street. A building most people just walked past and gave no thought until the Deodoriser failed and there was a sour smell of sewage in the air. Inside the front door was like Dr Who’s Tardis. The steel gantry flooring covered the fourteen-meter-deep sewer well. The place was huge and it had a huge problem we were tasked with repairing.

The big day had come and stage one of the job was the smallest and highest risk. All we had to do was remove one metre of pipe, simple. That ‘simple’ one metre of pipe went from inside the wet well straight into the old Deodoriser ‘simple’. That one metre of pipe was the subject of so many meetings and discussions I could do it in my sleep. We assembled the team- the mood on site that day was tense and we had 5 representatives from Gold Coast Council on site scrutinising our every move.

There were two teams – the A class guys who were to build an enclosure to remove the pipe because it was deemed friable and the rescue team that were there on standby if the first team got in any trouble or needed anything during setup. Both teams assembled all their equipment and tools. We had been supplied with a “pipe blocker” that was going to be used to stop deadly explosive Hydrogen Sulphide gas from entering the workplace and no asbestos pipe was dropped into the well blocking the pumps and causing the streets to fill with sewage once the first section of pipe we removed, so that work could continue.

As soon as I opened the case on the “pipe blocker” I knew it wasn’t going to work. My heart sunk. The pipe blocker had been supplied by engineers that guaranteed it was the only tool for the job but as it turns out it was the only one, they could think of and it was no good. We had ten people onsite all eager for this job to be finished. The air was so tense you could cut it with a knife and I had no option other than to put my hand up and let everybody know we were going to be delayed until we had a resolution. I have always considered myself a big game player and when things got tough, I always had the ability to focus and get through. Today I would call on all of my experience and ingenuity. Today was game day and there was not going to be a reschedule if I had anything to do with it. The Council delegate and I were very clear, we were not proceeding unless we could work safe.  This was not negotiable, the clock was ticking and the pressure was on.

I have no idea where I got the idea from, but it looks like twenty-five years in the building industry, a vivid imagination and a few series of MacGyver had paid off. The solution was two meters of poly pipe, a hand pump, an irrigation connector barb, some netting, and a yoga ball or what we called a pneumatic pipe baffle. First, I had to sell the idea to the council delegate, then source the materials and build and test it in one hour. No pressure!

It was one of the most stressful and challenging shopping trips ever. The first shop I tried had run out of yoga balls and it took three other stops to get all the gear and a few spares just in case. We went through the assembly and testing onsite and just before we started I was handed a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar disclaimer to sign giving them permission to get the liquid waste trucks here if the pumps were damaged, to stop sewage from flowing into the streets. No pressure!

To set the scene, we harnessed up and attached a life-line, explosive gas detector and fitted the breathing apparatus connected to air tanks to the removal technicians. They lowered the yoga ball down the pipe filled it with air, crimped the hose then pulled on the netting pulling the yoga ball tight against the open end of the pipe in the raw sewage well blocking off the gases and creating a seal then tied it off. There were a few tense seconds when the alarm went off on the air bottles to indicate they were getting low. At first people thought it was the explosive gas monitor and the rescue team was getting ready to retrieve the asbestos removal crew but I knew it was the wrong alarm and calmly turned to the council head of safety and asked “is that one of yours?” He replied “No, is that one of yours?” You could have cut the air with a knife. It was the Friday before Father’s Day.  I looked at the council delegates and announced “I’ve got this nobody’s Father’s Day weekend is going to be ruined.”

The yoga ball performed brilliantly. It was perfect for the job and everybody went home safe and sound. I didn’t have to spend twenty-five thousand on sewage pumping and the one metre of pipe was safely removed. We won the award for an innovation in safety because we had created a totally new process and invented a totally new product. We had no idea when we entered the awards that our, on the fly MacGyver yoga ball inspired pneumatic pipe baffle was a winning idea. All we wanted was to keep people safe.

The rest of the job went without a hitch. We employed a few rope access technicians to hang from the ceiling and lower themselves down the well and resize the pipe into two-meter sections which we winched up and disposed of and the roof sections were resized and lowered down for transport.

Tweed Asbestos Removal

Tweed Asbestos Removal

Tweed Asbestos Removal

Tweed heads and West tweed are two places we have done a lot of asbestos removal and commercial registers for over the years Tweed is only 25 minutes from our office and we are always around the area.

There are a lot of homes and commercial buildings that were built before 1990 in Tweed which puts them in the asbestos and it is not just homes there is a lot of infrastructure in Tweed that has asbestos in it most of the underground water , power ,sewer and tele communications in Tweed Heads are in asbestos pipes .

We have completed many notable jobs in Tweed heads including asbestos removal for a Gym, asbestos removal for a doctors surgery near twin towns services club. And some fences in Tweed West.

Asbestos fence removal and asbestos bathroom removal are the two main services we have performed

  • Asbestos reports
  • Asbestos roof removal
  • Asbestos fence removal
  • Asbestos transport
  • Asbestos bathroom removal
  • Asbestos cladding removal
  • Asbestos commercial reports and registers
  • Asbestos wall removal
  • Asbestos ceiling removal
  • Asbestos eave removals
  • Asbestos pipe removal
  • Asbestos contaminated soil removal
  • Asbestos testing
  • Air monitoring
  • Asbestos assessments
  • Asbestos decontamination
  • Asbestos guttering removal
  • Asbestos downpipe removal
  • Asbestos flooring removal

If you need an asbestos expert in Tweed call the office on 0755703706 to book in an inspection for a quotation today! Or call into our office at 4/55 Upton street Bundall email admin@coastalasbestos.com.au

Surfers Paradise Asbestos Removal

Surfers Paradise Asbestos Removal

Surfers Paradise asbestos removal. Surfers Paradise is all about high-rises for us. It’s the heart and soul of the Glitter Strip. We love working in Surfers Paradise. We’ve spent years perfecting our high-rise asbestos removal systems. Working in high-rise buildings requires special skills because it’s a whole different ball game, working in people’s homes.

Asbestos removal Surfers Paradise is a search we’re seeing come up a lot and means that there is a high demand It’s close to home. Our office is in 55 Upton Street, Bundall, which is on the doorstep of Surfers Paradise. I can confidently say that every high-rise built before 1990 in Surfers Paradise has asbestos in it. Well, you know what, every single high-rise in the Gold Coast built before 1990 has asbestos. And it’s usually in the bathrooms and the laundries.

When renovating a bathroom in a high-rise, you’re going to come up against many issues. If the place is built before 1990, it’ll have asbestos in the bathroom walls and sometimes ceilings. No problem. That’s what we’re here for. 90% of asbestos removal in Surfers Paradise is asbestos bathrooms removal.

There are many things to know about this because we use the same corridors, and the building elevators, which poses unique challenges. Some buildings have different work hours, some buildings have different rules on where we can park, some have very specific safety conditions it just really differs building to building, and we’ve really got to know most of the building operators in Surfers Paradise.

Not all jobs we’ve done in Surfers Paradise have been asbestos wall and ceiling removal in Cavill Avenue, which was a shop awning. We’ve removed some asbestos awnings on Gold Coast Highway, so we’re no stranger to high profile jobs and/or high-rise jobs. Surfers Paradise is a really great spot for us.

Other asbestos removal services we offer in Surfers Paradise

  • Asbestos reports
  • Asbestos roof removal
  • Asbestos fence removal
  • Asbestos transport
  • Asbestos bathroom removal
  • Asbestos cladding removal
  • Asbestos commercial reports and registers
  • Asbestos wall removal
  • Asbestos ceiling removal
  • Asbestos eave removals
  • Asbestos pipe removal
  • Asbestos contaminated soil removal
  • Asbestos testing
  • Air monitoring
  • Asbestos assessments

If you need an asbestos expert in Surfers Paradise call in to the office 4/55 Upton Street Bundall or call on 0755703706 to book in an inspection for a quotation today!

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Coastal asbestos removal to the rescue!

Coastal asbestos removal to the rescue!

Coastal asbestos removal to the rescue!
Asbestos contamination on a development site a case study.

Shopping local is at the very heart of what we are about all of our suppliers are within 40 min of our office, and 99% of our customers are within 20 km of our business this means that when you need a rapid response to an asbestos contamination you can count on us we are local, we are on the road all day.

Recently we got a call from a local developer who was drilling some holes for the foundations on an empty block. The block had recently had four houses removed so they could build a hi-rise on this site it is not uncommon for some asbestos debris to be in the soil after a multi demolition. You just never know what people have buried in their backyards over the years, and no amount of asbestos is safe in a workplace like this.

The developer had their site shut down by the unions because some suspected asbestos was found on site and the union rep onsite called stop work this was an asbestos emergency job now . Stopping work is the responsible thing to do here as none of the workers had undergone asbestos awareness training if they had of called us before they started onsite, we would have happily delivered this training for them.

Stopping a development site with a full crew of men and a couple of machines can be an expensive undertaking 30 minutes of asbestos awareness training for civil operators looks like a great investment.

The two priorities are.

Making the site safe.Getting the site going again.

Next Queensland Workplace Health and Safety had been called to the site, and everyone was on edge. Now our builder was caught between a rock and a hard place none of this was his fault. When we got the call, we were able to attend site within 60 minutes we met with the site supervisor, the Union rep and Queensland Workplace Health and Safety addressed their concerns. We formulated a plan firstly a site inspection to identify, and asbestos on the surface is marking all suspected asbestos with marking paint next removed all the asbestos pieces, had the site inspected and a clearance certificate issued, and work resumed.

From the initial phone call to the inspection getting a clean-up crew to site and gaining a clearance certificate, we were able to get the site up and running in under two hrs. Minimal production time was lost and some valuable time was salvaged on this project that day.

Who Are You Going To Call Coastal Asbestos Removal today! 07 557030706

Asbestos In Baby Powder And The Safer Alternative.

Asbestos In Baby Powder And The Safer Alternative.

Talcum powder has been a staple in many homes around the world for many years its been used for everything from keeping babies comfy to being added to many cosmetics for both adults and children .

There has been a lot of news lately regarding asbestos and baby powder and asbestos and talc powder products . Just like asbestos talk is a naturally occuring mineral wikipedia describes is as

“Talc or talcum is a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate” unfortunately these two minerals asbestos and talk can be found together in the ground and the cancer council of Australia has said recently

“According to the Cancer Council of Australia, in its natural form, some talc may contain asbestos, which is known to cause cancer. That’s because geologically,talc and asbestos can naturally form alongside each other. But not every talc deposit is contaminated with asbestos.”

So what is the risk and what types of cancer may be caused by asbestos. Here is a list of known cancers and diseases caused by asbestos .

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural thickening
  • Pleural effusion
  • Mesothelioma

Currently there is no cure for many of these types of cancer . So what are the alternatives ? Currently there is no research to suggest that cornstarch based powders pose any risk to your health . Experts recommend that you use all powders carefully and avoid inhaling any powder is best practice . because cornstarch powder is made from processes corn and not mixed with any minerals it cannot contain asbestos unless it is added on purpose, so we recommend choosing cornstarch powder that is 100% cornstarch powder .

Asbestos and Christmas

Asbestos and Christmas

Asbestos has played a big part in everyday life and Christmas is no exception . Asbestos in its purest form has similar characteristics visually to snow . There were so many asbestos products available for home use fake snow was readily available and often pure 100% asbestos .

Asbestos was not only used in homes a fake snow Hollywood used in movies Christmas movies like “Miracle on 34th Street” and Bing Crosby’s ” Holiday inn” . Asbestos was used in nearly all oil lantern wicks back in those days as well !
Luckily these days the risks of deadly asbestos are known and it is no longer used as fake snow and sold into homes aor used in movies.