Company fined over failure to manage asbestos

The sentencing of an Upper Hutt-based company on health and safety charges is a reminder for construction companies to be fully aware of the regulations and obligations for working with asbestos containing materials.

Hutt Construction 2013 Limited was fined $26,812.50 and ordered to pay $7,500 in reparations for its failure to identify and manage asbestos at a demolition site. Its sole director and shareholder was convicted and discharged. The charges related to demolition work carried out in January last year on a building at Malborough Street in Silverstream, Upper Hutt. The building had asbestos-containing material and its demolition had received a number of complaints from the community.

According to WorkSafe’s Chief Inspector Assessments – Central Region, Karen Davidson, around 170 workers die each year from asbestos-related diseases. The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 will introduced new rules around asbestos removal, including a licensing system to begin on 4 April 2016. Click here for more information on working with Asbestos and the changes you can expect in April.

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