Case study 23000 cubic meters asbestos impacted soil removal .

Case study 23000 cubic meters asbestos impacted soil removal .

Large scale impacted asbestos soil removal is one of the many services we offer . Our latest project involved us providing asbestos compliance and supervision for one of the biggest asbestos impacted soil removal jobs on the Gold Coast . The task was to safely remove 23000 cubic meters of asbestos impacted soil for construction of the Gold Coast Airport Instrument Landing System.

Our client had a special site with alot of environmental and security conditions placed on it by the Gold Coast Airport Corporation , they really needed to keep control of the site and this is where we come in . All of the other asbestos removal companies they consulted wanted to take over the site totally , being an international airport this was problematic for my client.

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Our procedures and policies allowed for us to “plug into ” their system they were able to maintain full control of the site and have full compliance with all state and federal asbestos removal legislation . This allowed the job to run smoothly and enabled out client to maintain control of profits and compliance .

Having Coastal Asbestos Removal onsite as the “in house ” asbestos experts supplying air monitoring, supervision and all compliant paperwork allowed our customer to focus on what they best safe in the knowledge that the site was safe and compliant.

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The challenge involved in having a safe and compliant workplace which would allow a uninterrupted workflow ensuring happy clients, safe workers and environmental safeguards in place and maximum profits achieved . Our “plug in system” includes onsite asbestos awareness training , pre works site assessment and ongoing air monitoring, site safety and the supply of decontamination and clearance certificates for all vehichiels and plant used in the removal of asbestos impacted soils and a final site clearance.

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Asbestos ceiling removal what to expect on the day.

Asbestos ceiling removal what to expect on the day.

Asbestos ceilings in homes is very common in homes built in Australia . Work Safe Australia quotes the 90% of home built before 1990 will contain asbestos . And ceilings is just another part of the home asbestos sheeting was used , so what happens when you need them removed ? This is a quick guide to what is likely to happen when you have asbestos ceilings removed in your home.

  1. All asbestos removal jobs start with the notifications being lodged with the safety regulator in your State or Territory . This is required by law
  2. Next we would come to site and notify your neighbours that we will be removing asbestos, and how best they can keep themselves safe.
  3. Our pre start meeting is next where we go through the job from start to finish so everybody knows how the job will be done safely . This is where more safety paperwork is signed and filled our.
  4. Before any works start all our safety signage and barricades will be erected to clearly define the work area.
  5. Now we are ready to safely remove the asbestos, providing the room is empty of all furniture and belongings . The floor is covered and a wet seal is applied to the ceiling to keep the spread of dust down during the removal process.
  • If there is any insulation this will be removed as asbestos waste at this stage .
  • The frame is de nailed, decontaminated and an encapsulation spray is applied to ensure the area is safe.
  • Finally we have the job inspected , a clearance certificate is issued and the asbestos waste is transported to a registered waste facility .
  • Once all this is completed you are safe to return home and continue on with the renovations .

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    Friable asbestos and soil contamination .

    Friable asbestos and soil contamination .

    Managing any asbestos contamination in soil effects the current and future users of the site . Friable asbestos is asbestos that is easily released as fibres into the air and asbestos in its most dangerous form . An A class asbestos licence is required when dealing with any quantity of friable asbestos .

    If there is friable asbestos to be found as a contaminant in soil the following actions are recommended .

    : Isolate and secure the area

    : to minimise the release of fibres keep the soil damp but not flooded until an A class asbestos removal company can attend site.

    Once the A class operators are on site you can expect air monitoring and soil testing to be conducted for the duration of the works to determine when the site is decontaminated . All A class asbestos work can only be given a clearance by a hygienist .

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    Non Friable Asbestos and soil contamination .

    Non Friable Asbestos and soil contamination .

    Asbestos and contaminated soil is a question that comes up every now and then and who determines what the difference between asbestos fragments in soil and asbestos contamination of soil.

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    Managing asbestos in soil has implications for future occupants of the site including workers and neighbours that may be affected by asbestos and its effects on health . The health effects of asbestos are due to fibre release and in the case of soil contamination one factor is the likelihood that the asbestos in the soil will release deadly asbestos fibres. things like bonded asbestos in soil is unlikely to release many fibres and when carefully managed risk can be seen as low especially if the soil is covered and kept wet.

    Under the act “Contaminated Land Management act 1997” if the asbestos is non friable the following procedures apply

    As in all asbestos removal work with non friable asbestos a Bclass licence or A class licence is required for this work and all control measures including the relevant notification and site safety requirements under the act “how to remove asbestos safely 2011 ” must be followed .

    The actual asbestos removal procedures basically require a grid to be set up and a “chicken pick ” of the area then a light raking of the damp soil to a depth of 10cm id sufficient . Once all visible pieces are removed there is no requirement for soil testing or air monitoring . A clearance certificate is then issued by an inspector to complete the job . For more complex sites the “National environment protection(assessment of site contamination) measure 1999(april2013) identifies criteria for assessment and remediation of non friable asbestos in soil.

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    Asbestos contamination case study $100,00.00 Loss plus 3 people at risk of asbestos disease.

    Asbestos contamination case study $100,00.00 Loss plus 3 people at risk of asbestos disease.

    The scenario

    A handyman is issued a work order by a managing agent to remove some vinyl flooring in a rental property in preparation for the installation of new flooring. Not having any experience or knowledge where asbestos is likely to be in a domestic home the handyman rips up the asbestos backed vinyl flooring and contaminates the unit with deadly asbestos fibers.

    Following actions

    Queensland Workplace Health and Safety (QWHS) are called and the unit is evacuated the tenants are relocated until the unit is safe to enter ( this took 3 months ) . Hygienists are called to survey the unit and to establish the extent of the contamination . The hygienists deem the contamination to be extensive and recommend all items in the home that cannot be decontaminated be destroyed as asbestos waste .Just to give you some idea of what this included .

    All carpets All curtains All furniture ( couches , beds etc)All white goods ( dishwasher,dryer,washing machine , fridge)All kitchen equipment (kettle,toaster mix master etc )All clothing All electrical equipment (TV, DVD player computers , printers,scanners)All linen and towelsAll children’s toys

    Pretty much everything in the unit !

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    The outcomes For those involved

    The tennant

    The tenant and his family were relocated for a period of 3 months and had pretty much all of their belongings destroyed . They have been registered with the national asbestos contamination register and it is unsure what the long term health affects will be . They also successfully gained an out of court settlement for $50,000.00 for replacement of all goods .

    The owner/managing agent/handyman

    These two parties shared in the $50,000.00 settlement ,the refurbishing of the unit , the costs of decontamination of the unit,relocation of the tenant, the hygienists costs and their own legal fees another $50,000.00 bringing the total loss to $100,000.00 .The handyman also placed on the asbestos contamination register with an unknown future.

    The sting in the Tail!Asestos is what is called a ” treaty exclusion ” in simple terms unless you are an asbestos industry professional and have asbestos specific insurance you are not covered for asbestos related claims. The $100,000.00 less was funded by entirely by the owner , handyman and managing agent.

    What could have been done to prevent this ?

    Having an asbestos management plan which contained a register which documents the likelihood of asbestos containing materials in this property could have prevented this . This could have prevented all this unnecessary stress and cost .

    Dealing with insurance companies after the cyclone and floods an easy guide.

    Dealing with insurance companies after the cyclone and floods an easy guide.

    Now that the cyclone has stopped and the flood waters are receding you will have to now battle the insurance companies.All insurance companies will stick with what is in the policy documents so your first place to start is the actual insurance policy documents they will usually be online these days. Once you read thru and find you are covered it’s time to enter the insurance claim vortex. This can be a very long and drawn out affair.

    Most insurers these days do everything to process claims as swiftly as possible but when there is a natural disaster there are always going to be delays . If your home is damaged and unsafe, or not secure you need to call and explain the situation and get what is called a “makesafe” basically your home will be made safe and secure until repairs can be made . Alot of insurers use professional third party assessors that will visit your home on behalf of your insurer as well as their own assessors.These people will document the extent of the damage and its likely they will take video,photos and measurements to use for processing your claim .

    Next you may get visits from insurance builders, these are the guys who will be quoting on the job .Sometimes it may be just one or two or three different builders who will be quoting on what is called the “scope” this is the document that will be used to form the claim and what works will be done . You are able to have input into the scope so don’t be shy ask questions and make sure you understand the scope fully.

    next step can go two ways . One the work gets done and everybody is happy or .Two you may be covered so you can ask for a “cashsettlement” to the value of the scope to engage your own trades to do the work , if you do go down this road make sure you have the right guys because this can end badly for you the insurance company will not bail you out or provide additional funds if the repairs go over budget .

    The benefit of getting the insurer to do the work is that they have sourced the best trades that are available at the time to do the work . The relationship gives the insurance company leverage over these guys to do the job right the first time although disputes still arise . You still have avenues through the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and the Insurance Ombudsman but it’s best to sit down and talk it out to get the best result for everybody, disputes are in nobody’s best interest and can cause lengthy delays.

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    This whole process can take some time and some people may have coverage for relocation . You are in for a very stressful time and its important to keep your cool . The insurance builders are allocated jobs as they complete jobs so they are working to get you back on track asap but this whole process can take many months especially if the damage to your home is minor but it will get done.

    Clear and open communication is the best way to navigate thru this process if you have any questions just ask it might take time to get a response but be assured you will get a response. Be patient there are likely to be many people waiting a response !