Asbestos Lined Shop Awnings a Ticking Time Bomb

Asbestos Lined Shop Awnings a Ticking Time Bomb

In 2012 a man was tragically killed and five other people were injured when a cantilevered awning collapsed in Burleigh on the Gold Coast. The subsequent investigation into the awning collapse by The Queensland Coroner and Queensland Workplace Health and Safety revealed that the dyna bolts for the frame of the awning that was attached to a cantilevered concrete beam failed. Over time the dyna bolts had become rusted and failed the awning which was origionally built in the 1970’s like tens of thousands of others in Queensland revealed a ticking time bomb.

The Coroner James Mc Dougall called for an urgent safety inspection of every building awning over public foot paths in response, and stated that the Gold Coast community was at “significant risk”. In response The Gold Coast Council has been issuing directives to have every cantilever awning on the Gold Coast inspected by engineers to ensure public safety.

Many of these awnings have asbestos linings and, asbestos awning removal has become a part of our business on the Gold Coast. Asbestos awning removal is one of the jobs we love to do because we are helping to keep the community safe. Removing the asbestos linings from these shop awnings is a very involved process.

Keeping people safe is what we do best at Coastal Asbestos and in the case of asbestos shop awning removal there are a lot of things to factor when taking on a job of this importance. You need to take into consideration a traffic management plans, outside hours work permits, foot path closures, Road closures, relocation of services, engineers, temporary site fencing, asbestos removal authorisation, permits to work in the close vicinity of the light rail to name a few. It’s all in the name of public safety that’s why we are the experts when it comes to asbestos awning removal.

By choosing Coastal Asbestos Removal for your next asbestos awning removal you are gaining all of our years of experience in asbestos removal and the technical knowledge to ensure that the project goes off without a hitch. We pride ourselves on delivering projects on time and budget with out any interruption to workflow and more importantly keeping everybody safe.

Asbestos Rapid Response Encapsulation Service

Asbestos Rapid Response Encapsulation Service

Coastal Asbestos Rapid response encapsulation system for fire damaged buildings.

Asbestos was used extensively in the construction of homes and commercial buildings in Australia before its total ban in 1985. Asbestos was used because of versatility and flexibility in many building products including walls, roofing, flooring, ceilings and some electrical appliances and commercial equipment like fire doors and components in lifts and plant rooms.

Safe work, Australia classes asbestos as either “friable” or “nonfriable” and their description of friable asbestos, is

“Friable asbestos is a material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverized into powder form using your hand.”

When nonfriable asbestos becomes damaged in fires, it is deemed to be friable and friable asbestos represents a clear and present danger to surrounding residents. This risk of friable asbestos spreading into the neighboring homes and streets can be managed by encapsulating the debris with an encapsulation compound applied directly to the rubble. Giving the building owners enough time to organize safe demolition of the structures and keeping the community safe from deadly asbestos fibers.

The deployment of the rapid response encapsulation system can be as soon as the fire had been put out and can last for many weeks, keeping the community safe and meet with the responsibilities property owners have and be a crucial part of an asbestos management plan for commercial and residential buildings that have been affected by fires.

Asbestos DIY No way !!

Asbestos DIY No way !!

Don’t be fooled by asbestos when renovating there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos in Australian homes can be friable or non friable only trained professionals can tell the difference between the two types . Friable asbestos removal is prohibited by untrained professionals under law in Australia .Asbestos was used in Australian home from the 1940’s right up to its total ban in the construction and building industry in 1985, which is why it can be found in 90% of homes built before 1990.

If left alone it and well maintained it poses no risk, but the fact that is found in many areas of a home flooring, walls, ceilings, roofing, fencing, insulation on pipes and wiring bathrooms, ensuites, laundry, and some kitchens Asbestos was thought of as a wonder product and was used in over 3000 products because of its unique properties of fire resistance, it was waterproof, thermal efficiency, flexibility, chemical resistance and it was readily available and cheap and easy to work with.

After some time it was obvious that asbestos had a deadly side to it and a total ban on its use in Australia was introduced in 31 st December 2003. With the total ban came strict regulations on the removal of asbestos and to this day it is a very specialized and heavily regulated industry.

Asbestos removal requires specialized equipment and highly trained technicians to ensure there are no deadly asbestos fibers left behind after the removal process. Careful planning and preparation are required before any asbestos removal work is undertaken. These are skills that take time to develop and perfect with the focus on decontamination of not only the work sit but themselves as well. There have been so many cases of asbestos workers from the old days family members dying from an asbestos-related disease which have no known cures.

The insidious nature of asbestos exposure is that it can take up to 30 years from the time of the exposure before symptoms present themselves many asbestos-related diseases are incurable and fatal. Asbestos is deadly and should only be removed by highly trained professionals which are readily available there is absolutely no need for home DIY renovators to undertake such dangerous work and put their family’s health at risk. This is definitely a job for the pro’s like gas and electrical work.

Asbestos glues and Vinyl floor tiles

Asbestos glues and Vinyl floor tiles

Vinyl asbestos tiles ( VAT ) and tile glues were just one of the many uses of asbestos before their bans in Australia in 1985 in the building and construction industry . VAT’s we very popular in domestic and commercial construction . The same styles and grades were used for both types of construction because of their versatility durability and colour range . An asbestos expert can easily get a sample tested for you in a nationally accredited laboratory. Not all vinyl tiles contain asbestos and not all glues , but sometimes there was a combination of the two .

A licenced asbestos removal professional should be engaged to remove VAT’s and the glue under neath . The glue comes in two distinct colors black and yellow or “emulsion tile glue” both may contain asbestos or be contaminated with asbestos from the VAT’s and visa versa .
There are two ways to remove the glue from vinyl tiles
1 With a solvent
2 With a floor grinder
Obviously the use of solvents is much more advisable because this method is unlikely to release any asbestos fibres . Grinding the floor releases asbestos fibres into the air making them friable and is a much more involved process and requires the use of A class asbestos removal professionals.
An example of what Black vinyl tile glue looks like after the vinyl tiles have been removed .

Yellow vinyl tile glue or “emulsion tile glue “

Asbestos internal walls removal a few facts you should know.

Asbestos internal walls removal a few facts you should know.

Australia was one of the biggest consumers of asbestos per capita in the world between the 1940’s and the early 2000’s . It was cheap,lightweight,strong,chemical resistant, waterproof, fire resistant, electrically inert and could be woven into a cloth or moulded into any shape . It was called the product with thousands of uses.

Asbestos was used in nearly every part of homes sometimes only the frame is the only part of a home that had no asbestos in it . And if left alone it’s harmless but when renovations are undertaken in homes you need an expert asbestos removal company like us to come in .
The best practice is to remove whole sheets if possible but many times we have to remove the whole wall lining from corner to corner. Simple things like moving a doorway or getting rid of a wall sconce will usually require the total removal of the wall in a room or rooms .
You really need a asbestos removal specialist with specialised asbestos removal equipment and procedures if you are having asbestos removed in your family home . It’s not a job for a homeowner or a handyman and most builders don’t carry the correct insurance to cover you if the worse thing happens , your family home gets contaminated .
Asbestos fibres are microscopic and only highly trained professional asbestos removal companies should be trusted to carry out this work.
Asbestos cladding removal what to expect on the day.

Asbestos cladding removal what to expect on the day.

Asbestos cladding was used in Australia on homes built before 1990 because of its ease of use, relatively cheap price, attractive finish fireproofing, acoustic qualities and thermal qualities. Australia was the largest user of asbestos per capita than any other country .

Asbestos cladding generally comes in 3 basic types standard sheeting , striated board and shadow clad varying in thickness and profile .

So what will happen when you have asbestos cladding removed from your home or workplace ?

We have a few common scene rules to keep everybody safe while we are removing asbestos roofing . Keep all windows closed on the home , keep all pets away , no washing on the clothesline , remove all covers on outdoor furniture .

Removing asbestos roofs can be safely managed by our asbestos removal expert team of asbestos removal technicians we are constantly reviewing our safety policy’s and procedures to deliver the very best and safest asbestos removal experience for our customers.

  1. All asbestos removal work starts with the lodgement of notification paperwork to the state , territory regulator.
  2. We always start the day by notifying the neighbours and having our pre start meeting .
  3. When working on the outside of a building it is really important to lay drop sheets down so we don’t end up with small asbestos fragments in the ground.
  4. After the asbestos sheeting has been wet down and carefully removed the frame is de nailed and decontaminated .
  5. Next an encapsulation spray is applied to the frame to make it safe for you to continue renovations.
  6. Every job is inspected and a clearance certificate is issued you are now free to return home.
  7. All asbestos will be taken from site and transferred to a registered waste facility .

This is just a quick guide there are many small steps in between this blog covers the main steps .